The paradox states that, on average, your friends are more popular than you are.
Sociologist Scott Feld first explained the friendship paradox in 1991 in the article "Why Your Friends Have More Friends Than You Do." He observed that most people have fewer friends than their friends have, on average.
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Lead author George Cantwell says averages are often highly misleading. Some people are less popular than their friends. Others are more so.
Cantwell and his colleagues developed a new mathematical equation to help researchers understand the paradox of friendship in real-world social networks. They based their equation on two assumptions:
Their new equations could explain 95% of the variance.
It is a mathematical theory stating that we are bound to be less popular than the people in our network of friends, especially the online one. This hypothesis is easily checked in social media accounts like Twitter and Facebook.
The people that we follow on Twitter, for example, aren't always following us back and therefore end up having more followers than us.
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90 percent of these network forces are established in 7 major life events or crossroads, which compound over time: Our Family, High School Network, College Network, First Job, Marriage, Our City, Reassessments.
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