I don't know about you but I have been noticing how small the world is becoming since the advent of the Internet? Today I was on Facebook trying to locate a friend. My friend's last name is Christian and when I did a search the first page I pulled up I had at least one mutual friend with EVERY person on the page. I thought this must be a mistake so started clicking on the names and I did not know any of these people. Out of the 10 names that pulled up I had one mutual friend with four that pulled up, two mutual friends with three, three mutual friends with two and with one we had 8 mutual friends.
Talk about diversity; these people were located from New York to LA. How wild is that. I don't have thousands of Facebook friends I have 326. Many of my Facebook friends came from right here on Active Rain. I guess if I had thousands of Facebook Friends I could see this happening but this REALLY surprised me. The weird thing was that I had one or more mutual friends with EVERY person on the page.
I just heard about the 6 degrees of separation written by John Guare. Another name for Six degrees of separation is the "Human Web". "This refers to the idea that, if a person is one step away from each person they know and two steps away from each person who is known by one of the people they know, then everyone is at most six steps away from any other person on Earth."
I recently took our son to have Lasik surgery. The Doctor who did the surgery was about an hour from our house in Katy. While sitting in the waiting room I met a retired school teacher who was one of the computer teachers at my son's High School during the time he attended and another gal who was friends with the owner of a stable where we use to keep my daughter's horse. As we talked farther I founds she was in a small group with a friend of mine in my subdivision. I'm actually in a small group in our subdivision with this gal now. She even knew about some Easter baskets we had made for foster children. At that time we talked about six degrees of separation. I guess it is not totally unusual to meet people who know people in your general area but after this Facebook experience I can see where the six degrees of separation comes from and have to wonder if maybe it is even less.
By the way I did not find my friend on Facebook; I guess I need to invite her.