Microsoft finds little to separate myth and reality

By analysing 30 billion e-mails Microsoft found that the six degrees of separation myth is very nearly true, with it actually taking, on average, seven steps to link any two people.

This goes some way to explaining how the average social-networking-user boasts several hundreds friends online, whereas studies show that people have, on average, two close friends in the real world – not including Kevin Bacon, of course. 

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