Eye To Eye

Today, at Bacchus you get two well cocktails for the price of one and $2 off call drinks. What a deal! Add a pizza or sandwich for just $7 or $8 more. We’re showing the World Series at 2PM and DJ Takai spins tonight at 10PM! No cover, ever!

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and you could tell you didn’t have their complete attention?

We may be guilty of trying to do 2 things at once (a little different than our 2-4-1 well drink special every Wednesday).

How did it make you feel? Probably a bit annoyed. Have you started a conversation only to not remember a tidbit, only to have the individual or group of people around you dart to their phones to look up the factoid?

Sadly, it seems fewer and fewer people are fully present and engaged with the individuals they’re interacting with. Being completely engaged in a conversation has likely always been a challenge, as we all have a bit of the conversational narcissist in us.

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Now that smartphones have saturated modern life, being fully present is even harder. People today try to (unsuccessfully) switch their attention between two worlds — the real world populated by the people they are physically present with and the cyber world which sends them dispatches through their phone. Go to any restaurant in Honolulu and you’re bound to see tables of people staring blankly at their smartphones and hardly engaging with each other.

This video that circulated the intertubes a few years ago perfectly captures the way in which technology has created a society of non-present screen gawkers. Pretty poignant.

OUR ADVICE: SET ASIDE SOME TIME EACH DAY AND GET OFF YOUR PHONE AND TAKE A LOOK AT THE WORLD AROUND YOU.

There’s plenty to see and experience and share later. And speaking of experiences…are you finalizing your plans for the Bacchus Halloween Costume Contest this Saturday Night? Come by the bar and talk it over with the bartenders….they might have some suggestions.

JL