I am not a statistician but I am guessing that I observed a fairly unusual statistical event today. While browsing my feed on Facebook to see what my friends have been up to I came across a couple of similar posts. Two of my friends from different “networks” in different states both posted that their kids were having a 10 year old birthday today the exact same minute, check it out (and I’ll get to the importance part near the end of this article):
So statisticians out there, am I exaggerating the significance of this or are these Lottery type odds? Here are some of the unique and similar aspects of the event:
- These two friends are from completely different groups of people.
- They are in different states.
- Both of them have children turning 10 today.
- They posted the news within the same minute.
- I had 1,429 Facebook Friends at the time of the posting.
I’ve come to view the world as much smaller and the connections between people a lot closer. I really enjoy finding in particular that people from completely unrelated groups know each other. It also is really rewarding when I see unrelated friends become friends without an introduction, just by being mutual friends of mine. I know that lots of people bang the drums about social media being good and bad. If I make as few as one good friendship from it the rewards for that are long lasting and well worth the investment. Needless to say it has definitely been a good investment for me, in many ways. It is events like this that make me think about that, noticing something unique and uncommon. Speaking of unique and common, I have also learned things about friends via Social Media that I am not sure I ever would have IRL (In Real Life). It has definitely brought me closer to people who I was acquainted with.