Each pair of people is connected by a thread. The elasticity of this thread is determined by the strength of the connection. The more elastic the connection, the more likely you are to bounce back together.

Have you ever run into someone you didn’t expect to run into? You claim it’s purely coincidence, but what if there was a scientific explanation for it that combined social sciences and statistics.

How is a thread created?

It is created the moment you interact with someone, consciously or unconsciously. The moment you walk into a coffee shop, that thread is created between you and every person in the room.

How do you determine elasticity?

Elasticity can be increased through any number of interactions, both social or physical. Physical in the terms of being in the relative vicinity of each other.

How do you explain the bounce?

Say you and antoher individual went to the same school together. Although you aren’t friends or had the same classes together, the fact that you were both in the same community creates distinct values that define you vs other communities. The geographic relation will also be similar. This creates a similar correlation in travel. When people travel, they typically want to travel outside of their immediate vicinity. Based upon those criteria, the travel locations are slightly limited. Based upon the financial and social demographic of the community, it also narrows down the travel probabilities if persay they came from middle-income predominantly asian income families.
Also, if the thread was created in a coffee shop, the data in the thread suggests that you all have a higher likelihood of showing up at a coffeeshop at that particular time and place than people who aren’t there. The more often you go, the stronger that elasticity will become and the more likely you all are able to bounce back together in the future.