Facebook users average 3.74 degrees of separation

The study was carried out in May and involved all of the social network’s active members.

Facebook defines a user as active if they have logged on at least once over the past 28 days.

Some journalists misreported the news claiming there were 4.74 degrees of separation. However, this confused the number of degrees with the distance – or hops – between each of the people on the friendship chain.

The authors of the report say that they “assume that ‘degree of separation‘ is the same as ‘distance minus one’”.