Facebook marked its 12th anniversary on Thursday by gifting everyone's timeline with a nice, customized "Friends Day" video, featuring photos of you and your good-looking friends over the years. While that's cool, and definitely cheesy, what's way cooler is a new Facebook tool that reveals how closely connected you are to every single person on the social network, Kevin Bacon-style, or by degrees of separation. As it turns out, the average is much lower than six.
In fact, the average degrees of separation between any pair of Facebook users has decreased over the last five years, from 3.74 in 2011 to 3.57 today, according to a blog post from the company. As Facebook puts it, that means, "Each person in the world (at least among the 1.59 billion people active on Facebook) is connected to every other person by an average of three and a half other people." In the US, the number is even lower, at 3.46 degrees of separation. The post will show your own average degrees of separation from everyone on Facebook, too.