Definition of future shock in English:

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future shock


A state of distress or disorientation due to rapid social or technological change.
Example sentences
  • Third, he describes psycho-social phenomena weighing heavily on Yolngu arising from ‘culture shock, future shock and the multigenerational legacy of past trauma’.
  • Or, in the words of Alvin Toffler, ‘Science fiction is the sovereign prophylactic against future shock.’
  • This is as much future shock as it is headphone candy - ominous, despairing but uplifting and liberating.


1970s: popularized by the 1970 book Future Shock by Alvin Toffler, Alvin (1928–).

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Syllabification: fu·ture shock

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