Facebook reveals that people on the Earth is connected to everyone else by 3.57

Facebook 3.5 from everyone else

Do you ever ask yourself, how connected is the world? Yes, there has been this saying that the world is becoming smaller and smaller day by day; making it a global village.

Dating way back in 2011, Playwrights, poets, and scientists proposed that everyone on earth is connected to everyone else by six other people. But, it seems the figures has shifted for 6 to 3.5 as per the recent data from Facebook which claims that the average user is no more than 3.5 friends away from everyone else in the world. Facebook unveils this news in honor of FRIENDS DAY.

“Each person in the world (at least among the 1.59 billion people active on Facebook) is connected to every other person by an average of three and a half other people. The average distance we observe is 4.57, corresponding to 3.57 intermediaries or ‘degrees of separation.’ Within the US, people are connected to each other by an average of 3.46 degrees.” FACEBOOK

Facebook has calculated this figure using the Flajolet-Martin algorithm. The task was gigantic, considering the social network’s massive usership, but researchers concluded that the world is figuratively getting smaller, considering the number of steps required to get from one person to another was 3.74 on average back in 2011. As it stands today, the average user ranges from 2.9 to 4.2 degrees of separation from everyone else with a Facebook account.

SCOURCE: Facebook

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