People Know Each Other Through 4.74 Handshakes

Dr. Michael LaitmanIn the News: “In the 1960s, social psychologist Stanley Milgram’s ‘small world experiment’ famously tested the idea that any two people in the world are separated by only a small number of intermediate connections, arguably the first experimental study to reveal the surprising structure of social networks. (Source:

“A new study shows we’re actually even closer than we thought. Italian scientists who recently sorted through Facebook’s 69 billion pairs of linked users say the actual distance between any two people in the world isn’t the long-held maxim of “six degrees of separation,” but something more like five. Well, 4.74, to be exact.

“The chain gets even shorter when looking at more confined geographic areas. In what they say is the largest study of its kind, the University of Milan researchers found users in a single country are only separated by three intermediaries. (Source:

My Comment: Mutual connections permeate us at all levels and become tighter every day. For the sake of our good future, we must correct them by mutual guarantee because we cannot break these ties, and our future depends on their quality.

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