Six Degrees of Separation

I watched a flipped lecture the other day and was really interested in this video called Six Degrees of Separation. To be honest when I read the word ‘separation, it reminds me of Korean Drama.. LOL.. However, Six Degrees of Separation is more than just a drama.. 

 

Six degrees of separation is the idea that everyone is average approximately six 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, on average, to connect any two people in six steps or fewer.

Before watching the BBC documentary, I always thought the this planet is HUGE.. It is..

However, I can honestly say that I was awed about the fact that  anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. This really remind me of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. That we are all the decedent of them.. (: (:

But, seriously though, the notion of how small the world is just hit me in the head real hard. After watching this video, I actually can’t believe HOW SMALL THE WORLD ACTUALLY IS! Honestly I was kinda dreading watching the video but actually watching it has really put it into perspective for me. I was in extreme AWE when I saw the experimental video of the package getting sent from one person to another on the other end of the world by 6 PEOPLE ! In addition to all that, this flipped lecture shows us how important networking really is too ! Through networking, the world becomes smaller, and the gap between people is reduced. Also, with the advancement of the Internet, networking is really becoming more and more influential with numerous connections in place. There are more than a dozen social networking sites right now, and it is making it easier for people all over the world to interact.

Even with all the right technology and applications in the world, networking is a human thing. Our schools and colleges will have to realize the importance of such life skills and help students learn and leverage these. Our educational institutions should increase the emphasis on these skills and incorporate them in exercises and activities, because for most of us these life skills are going to be way more useful. The importance of network is definitely underrated.

And it really is a small world.

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