Influence of Social Networking on the Six Degrees of Separation <br />By Nicholas Kwan <br />Image by lukezhang<br />
The term “six degrees of separation” was coined in the late 1960s from a Stanley Milgram experiment <br />Source:<br />htt...
Milgram gave 300 letters to people asking them to a particular target by mailing the letter to a friend closer to the targ...
Milgram found that the average chain of people it took to deliver the letter was only 6 people<br />Image by ak23<br />
In 2006, Microsoft tried to prove this theory and studied over 30 billion electronic conversations over MSN messenger <br ...
By looking at roughly HALF the world’s instant-messaging network only, it was concluded that any two strangers are distanc...
HOWEVER…..the people we would send mail or the people we would instantly message is VERY SMALL compared to…..<br />Image b...
…Our Facebook friends <br />
can help reduce the number of degrees it takes for 2 strangers to be connected<br />Image by facebook.com<br />
Many of us today have a lot more social media friends than “real” friends<br />Image from twitter.com<br />
The average user has 130 Facebook friends<br /> but most of us know at least 1 person with over 1000 friends <br />Source:...
Social media friends today have become one time acquaintances or people we don’t talk to anymore <br />Image by tychay<br />
Facebook even helps with this process by suggesting people you may know<br />
Facebook created an application to calculated the degree of separation between people<br />Image by Mehfuz<br />
The average separation between people was 5.73 degrees – nearly a full person lower than Microsoft’s experiment <br />Imag...
This number is despite the fact that only 5.8 million people used the app which excludes nearly 6 billion people in the wo...
In 2008, O2 performed a study that revealed the “average person is connected by just 3 degrees within a shared ‘interest’ ...
With the growing use of social networking, links between strangers are much closer today than in the 1960s<br />image by n...
We see a gradual decline in degrees from the 1960s to the present day <br />Image by lau-rain<br />
Who knows what the future will hold but I’m sure it will bring us closer together <br />Image by luzzu<br />
Credits <br />All images are licensed under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 agreement and sourced from...
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  1. 1. Influence of Social Networking on the Six Degrees of Separation <br />By Nicholas Kwan <br />Image by lukezhang<br />
  2. 2. The term “six degrees of separation” was coined in the late 1960s from a Stanley Milgram experiment <br />Source:<br />http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18417083<br />Image by tikaro<br />
  3. 3. Milgram gave 300 letters to people asking them to a particular target by mailing the letter to a friend closer to the target <br />Image by bettybl<br />
  4. 4. Milgram found that the average chain of people it took to deliver the letter was only 6 people<br />Image by ak23<br />
  5. 5. In 2006, Microsoft tried to prove this theory and studied over 30 billion electronic conversations over MSN messenger <br />Image by indircom<br />Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/aug/03/internet.email<br />
  6. 6. 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<br />Image by roebedo<br />
  7. 7. HOWEVER…..the people we would send mail or the people we would instantly message is VERY SMALL compared to…..<br />Image by bassie<br />
  8. 8. …Our Facebook friends <br />
  9. 9. can help reduce the number of degrees it takes for 2 strangers to be connected<br />Image by facebook.com<br />
  10. 10. Many of us today have a lot more social media friends than “real” friends<br />Image from twitter.com<br />
  11. 11. The average user has 130 Facebook friends<br /> but most of us know at least 1 person with over 1000 friends <br />Source: http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics<br />
  12. 12. Social media friends today have become one time acquaintances or people we don’t talk to anymore <br />Image by tychay<br />
  13. 13. Facebook even helps with this process by suggesting people you may know<br />
  14. 14. Facebook created an application to calculated the degree of separation between people<br />Image by Mehfuz<br />
  15. 15. The average separation between people was 5.73 degrees – nearly a full person lower than Microsoft’s experiment <br />Image by em’ila<br />
  16. 16. This number is despite the fact that only 5.8 million people used the app which excludes nearly 6 billion people in the world<br />
  17. 17. 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<br />Source: http://techcrunch.com/2008/09/03/six-degrees-of-separation-is-now-three/<br />
  18. 18. With the growing use of social networking, links between strangers are much closer today than in the 1960s<br />image by natalialove<br />
  19. 19. We see a gradual decline in degrees from the 1960s to the present day <br />Image by lau-rain<br />
  20. 20. Who knows what the future will hold but I’m sure it will bring us closer together <br />Image by luzzu<br />
  21. 21. Credits <br />All images are licensed under the Creative Commons Non-Commercial Share-Alike 3.0 agreement and sourced from flickr<br />
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