"Six degrees of separation" refers to the assertion that any person on the planet is connected to every other by five relationships with other people. For instance, if I needed to get a message to central Mongolia but did not have the phone number or address, I would communicate it to my neighbor, who know someone in Bangalore, India, who, in turn, knows someone in Singapore, who knows someone in Beijing, who knows someone who is neighbors with the recipient in Ulanbantor in Mongolia, and hands it off. Five hops, six degrees of separation.1
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