Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of "a friend of a friend" statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps. It was originally set out by Frigyes Karinthy and popularized by a playwritten by John Guare.
But my son informed me that now it's more like four degrees:
Separating You and Me? 4.74 Degrees
By JOHN MARKOFF and SOMINI SENGUPTA
Published: November 21, 2011
Adding a new chapter to the research that cemented the phrase “six degrees of separation” into the language, scientists at Facebook and the University of Milan reported on Monday that the average number of acquaintances separating any two people in the world was not six but 4.74.
All in all, it just made for an interesting celebration in the village, with my son recognizing friends and co-workers from Seattle and California, as we enjoyed the holiday festivities on our little island in the Salish Sea.