It's one the world’s most celebrated theories – that it takes just six steps to link any two people on the planet.
Person A would have danced at a ball with B, who once shared a flat with C who bought a bicycle from D... Now a few computer whizzes have put the theory to the test and found that it is true – almost.
Rather than six degrees of separation, we are linked by 6.6.
In other words, we really are just a handful of acquaintances away from the likes of Madonna, the Dalai Lama and the Queen.
This game is now widely known as the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon — named so because the Albright College trio had found that no actor is more than 6 shared movie appearances (“degrees”) away from indirectly collaborating with Kevin Bacon.In 1967, Stanley Milgram devised a new way to test the theory which he called “the small-world problem.Keeping in mind Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram was 45 years in the future he used the most modern means of communication around at that time…the post.Eric Horvitz, one of the Microsoft researchers who tested the theory using electronic messages, said he was shocked at the result.The concept of six degrees of separation came to public attention after an experimentin the Sixties, but is seen today as more of an urban legend.