Surely you’ve heard of the Six Degrees of Separation theory that essentially says any person in the world is a maximum of six connections to any other person in the world. There was even a game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, a game where you had to name any actor or actress and find 6 steps or less to Kevin.
With Facebook and other social media haunts, this Six Degrees of Separation theory has never seemed so true. In fact I’m not sure you’d even need six steps to connect everyone in the world! Recently, on two separate occasions, I’ve noticed a profile on Facebook, whether they’ve commented on a friend’s status, or posted a picture of a friend, and when I click on their profile, it tells me we have two mutual friends. But the mutual friends we have don’t know each other – I know them from separate parts of my life.
For example, a friend, we’ll call her Kim, has a friend who we’ll call Jeremy. I clicked on Jeremy’s profile, and saw that we had two mutual friends – Kim and Melinda. I know Kim and Melinda, but Kim and Melinda don’t know each other. But they both know Jeremy. Here’s a simple graph to explain.
Now in this instance, Malinda lives in Atlanta, and Kim was raised in the Atlanta area, and I know both lovely women from my time in Atlanta. It’s not completely out of the realm that we would all find ourselves in one of these Six Degrees trees. However, this happened another time with a guy we’ll call Mark. He’s a friend of my husband’s. Someone commented on a status of his, and I clicked on her profile. Mark lives in LA, as does this woman. This woman, we’ll call her Judy, and I have two mutual friends. Our other mutual friend is Lauren. Once again, Lauren and Mark don’t know each other, and have never even lived in the same city. Lauren lives in Florida. So I know Lauren and Mark, Lauren and Mark know Judy, but Lauren and Mark don’t know each other.
This kind of stuff freaks me out. Not like, “oh my god I’m going to have a panic attack” freaks me out. But makes me think about this world of ours, that is so massive, yet so, SO small.
So I’m curious – have you ever noticed this on Facebook or outside of the internet world?