Study on Facebook Shows We're More Closely Connected to One Another Than Previously Thought

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Wed, Nov 23rd, 2011 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to this article in The Economist, a study conducted by Facebook's data experts and researchers from the University of Milan, appears to indicate that people are separated from one another by an average of less than five connections -- whether friends or friends of friends -- and those links grow even smaller if they happen to live in the same country.

After crunching the data using powerful computers, the researchers concluded that people were separated from one another by an average of just 4.74 connections (down from an average of 5.28 in a study the network conducted in 2008). To bring this to life, they cite the example of a person living in a remote part of Siberia and explain that "a friend of your friend probably knows a friend of their friend". Looking only at links between people within the same country, the researchers conclude that folk are separated from one another by an average of just three connections.

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