Weapons of Mass Distraction
(1) Description of the pattern
Societal distractions can be naturally occurring or manufactured in such a way as to distract people and subvert their attention away from social and civic duties to something more menial and possibly desirable.
(2) Why the pattern is good (i.e. bad)
Cell phones, movies, sports, games, celebrities, Television, Music. etc, etc, etc. What do these things have in common? They are all possible distractions. Distractions can be useful and are possibly even necessary for human happiness, however they can also distract from other goals or areas of interest that could be addressed.