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Six Degrees of Separation is a theory that states that everyone and everything is connected with anyone in the world in six steps or less. Though first conceptualized during the 1920s’, it wasn’t popularized until a play of the same name debuted in 1990, followed the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
The theory was first proposed by Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in his short story Chains, which was first published with other short stories titled Everything is Different in 1929.
The theory would later be experimented by American sociologist Stanley Milgram during 1967, but it was under the under the name “Small-world Experiment.” His findings would later be published in an article in the magazine Psychology Today, which has been widely credited for popularizing the phrase “Six Degrees of Separation.”
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