Jun 27, 2023

Six Degrees of Connection: A Mathematical Take on Social Ties

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Summary: Scientists used mathematics to explain the social phenomenon of six degrees of separation.

Their work suggests that the balance between the cost and benefit of maintaining social connections shapes the global human social network. According to their findings, individual efforts to optimize their social connections result in an average of six steps between any two people.

This explains why ideas, trends, and even diseases can spread globally within a few transmission steps.

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