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Is social media becoming too overwhelming?


With his new app, OverNear, Bill Glaser is hoping to bridge the gap between the online world of social media and the real-life world of face to face contact.

"What people are craving is the one thing they're missing online and that is the in-person contact," Glaser said.

Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine or any of the other social media websites available to users now, many people are continually flipping from one to another to soak up every bit of information their contacts are posting.

WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton says it can be overwhelming.

"You almost feel like there is just noise right now on the internet," Payton said.

Now some studies are showing social media is bumming people out. Most users share only the best moments of their lives on these sites. Glaser says that leaves the rest of us wondering why our lives just don't measure up.

"You think their lives are perfect with no problems. Most people wonder why they don't have those great experiences," Glaser said.

He believes more people will start to step away from the overabundance of social media and return to more personal interactions.

Payton believes face-to-face should always be a starting point.

"If you really want to share information you should reach out in the old-school ways first and then as a supplement use social media to ensure the broadest reach," she said.

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