Destiny Defined – Four Degrees of Separation

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Four Degrees of Separation

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Released: Destiny2 : Shadowkeep

Rarity: Exotic

Category: Other

Other SubCategory: Sparrow

Affiliations: Eververse

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Common example of this theory is the infamous “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon” (which has now become the “4 Degrees of James Franco”)

Definition Summary

Four Degrees of Separation is the theory that you are now connected to everyone on Earth within only 4 degrees due to a globally shared network. Based off of the well-known six degrees of separation theory of inter-connectedness that posits everyone is connected to each other through others they know by, at most, six rounds of introductions. 

The well-known six degrees of separation theory is a rule of interconnectedness. It is a product of the globalized age we now live in. The theory states everyone is connected to each other through others they know by, at most, six rounds of introductions. The phrase “six degrees of separation” is often used as a synonym for the idea of the “small world” phenomenon

Researchers studying connectedness on social networks have now suggest “the average number of acquaintances separating any two people no matter who they are is no longer six, but rather fewer than four.” 

Eman Yasser Daraghmi and Shyan-Ming Yuan, of the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, created a database on Facebook that included 950 million people. After eliminating duplicate/fake accounts as well as celebrities, they used advanced statistical methods to calculate how far everyone was spread out on the network. It was discovered that most individuals are connected in an average of four, however if you work or are engaged in more specialized circles or groups (such as medical or scientific research etc.), the number gets even lower.

A new theory, published in Computers in Human Behavior, explains this would the result of the latest evolution of the “small world problem.” An idea we are all interconnected, originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy in 1929, later proposed by Stanley Milgram in the 1960s and is now currently a pop reference.

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