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    • Influence of Social Networking on the Six Degrees of Separation
      By Nicholas Kwan
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    • The term “six degrees of separation” was coined in the late 1960s from a Stanley Milgram experiment
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    • Milgram gave 300 letters to people asking them to a particular target by mailing the letter to a friend closer to the target
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    • Milgram found that the average chain of people it took to deliver the letter was only 6 people
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    • In 2006, Microsoft tried to prove this theory and studied over 30 billion electronic conversations over MSN messenger
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    • By looking at roughly HALF the world’s instant-messaging network only, it was concluded that any two strangers are distanced (on average) by 6.6 degrees
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    • HOWEVER…..the people we would send mail or the people we would instantly message is VERY SMALL compared to…..
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    • …Our Facebook friends
    • can help reduce the number of degrees it takes for 2 strangers to be connected
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    • Many of us today have a lot more social media friends than “real” friends
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    • The average user has 130 Facebook friends
      but most of us know at least 1 person with over 1000 friends
    • Social media friends today have become one time acquaintances or people we don’t talk to anymore
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    • Facebook even helps with this process by suggesting people you may know
    • Facebook created an application to calculated the degree of separation between people
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    • The average separation between people was 5.73 degrees – nearly a full person lower than Microsoft’s experiment
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    • This number is despite the fact that only 5.8 million people used the app which excludes nearly 6 billion people in the world
    • In 2008, O2 performed a study that revealed the “average person is connected by just 3 degrees within a shared ‘interest’ or social group instead of 6”-Don Reisinger
    • With the growing use of social networking, links between strangers are much closer today than in the 1960s
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    • We see a gradual decline in degrees from the 1960s to the present day
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    • Who knows what the future will hold but I’m sure it will bring us closer together
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    • Credits
      All images are licensed under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 agreement and sourced from flickr