future shock


physical and psychological disturbance caused by a person's inability to cope with very rapid social and technological change.
any overload of a person's or an organization's capacity for adaptation or decision making.

Nearby words

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  3. future interest,
  4. future life,
  5. future perfect,
  6. future value,
  7. future-proof,
  8. futureless,
  9. futures,
  10. futures market

Origin of future shock

on the model of culture shock; popularized by a book of the same title (1970) by Alvin Toffler (born 1928), U.S. journalist

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Culture definitions for future shock

future shock

A sense of insecurity and disorientation often felt by people whose societies are undergoing rapid change.

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