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Everything is so f'in predictable? Two people I thought could never in the world know each other are only one connection apart on facebook, both people from completely different places and times in my life. Seems like everyone's a pal of everyone these days.
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haha, its an unbelievably small world
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Depressingly so
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Lol, the power of the internet, time/space compression and all that.
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Facebook just sucks. The people on their seem to have no cynicism about who they're mates with, they're like, as someone else on here said 'attention whores'
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That's the internet for you, bringing people together.
Is it a bad thing that they've been brought together specifically?
Or is this about the more general thing?
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General I guess. I guess it all just seems a bit luvvieish and superficial to me as well as the thing about a predictable small world where everyone associates with everyone. No romance or mystery to life anymore.
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It's not quite that bad, yet :p:
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Isn't it there some theory of 6 connections connects anyone to anyone? I dunno, heard some jabber on Radio 1.
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No, it's 6 moves wins a chess game! :p:
Lol i dunno, i've never heard that but in this day and age it's no doubt true.

The world is just different. There are still some romantics out there but these days people just wanna know as many people as possible, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Heck you could argue that it's better to know more people and therefore expand your horizons.
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(Original post by SmilerNuts)
There are still some romantics out there but these days people just wanna know as many people as possible
Yeah, I don't really share that
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Isn't it there some theory of 6 connections connects anyone to anyone? I dunno, heard some jabber on Radio 1.
Stanley Milgram's Six Degrees of Separation. (and yes, it's the same Milgram who did the obedience experiments...)

They tested the hypothesis that everybody knows each other through about 6 other people or so by giving a parcel to someone with a name on it, and told them to give this parcel to someone they thought is more likely to know this person than themselves (unless they did know the person). The results were in favour of the hypothesis - astoundingly, as this was long before the days of Myspace and whatnot (1967).

I should point out that this was only in the US, though; not global. And Milgram's not the only one to have studied this, nor did he coin the term. And the results were only weakly in favour, lol. This is coming out like a disclaimer.

So, yeah...
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Well it's all the internets fault, I wouldn't be talking to you all now if it wasn't for it tbh.
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Stanley Milgram's Six Degrees of Separation. (and yes, it's the same Milgram who did the obedience experiments...)

They tested the hypothesis that everybody knows each other through about 6 other people or so by giving a parcel to someone with a name on it, and told them to give this parcel to someone they thought is more likely to know this person than themselves (unless they did know the person). The results were in favour of the hypothesis - astoundingly, as this was long before the days of Myspace and whatnot (1967).

I should point out that this was only in the US, though; not global. And Milgram's not the only one to have studied this, nor did he coin the term. And the results were only weakly in favour, lol. This is coming out like a disclaimer.

So, yeah...
don't think he used that term at all tbh. and the main problem iirc is that it only tested responsive subjects...still, seems to be some truth in the theory.
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don't think he used that term at all tbh. and the main problem iirc is that it only tested responsive subjects...still, seems to be some truth in the theory.
Nah, he didn't use the term. But all of those kind of experiments are clumped under the six degrees of separation theory label these days. So I thought I'd follow
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'These days'? Yes, clearly it's a modern conspiracy against you
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'These days'? Yes, clearly it's a modern conspiracy against you
What? I don't understand... I just meant that when the experiments were first conducted they wouldn't have been under that label... but now the popular phrase 'Six degrees of separation' is used to refer to all of those experiments...

I don't understand. Oh God Oh God I don't understand.
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I don't think it's particularly depressing. What's wrong with wanting to know a lot of people? Human beings are fascinating. Yes, it's a small world, but at the same time, we will all come into contact with so many more varied and interesting people in the future. And yes, some people on Facebook want to clock up the contact figures, but I don't see why it's a big deal.
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I don't think it's particularly depressing. What's wrong with wanting to know a lot of people?.
Nothing wrong with it you're right there. I guess I'm just fascinated by why I'm not like that though....
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Because everyone is different? Lol maybe yousee it as the popular thing to do and are trying to do the opposite of that to mantain the individuality you fear you are losing?
Haha i sound like a psychology student!
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