Meaning of future shock in English:

future shock


mass noun
  • A state of distress or disorientation due to rapid social or technological change.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Once again the film relies on special effects mixed with violence and black humour to tell its teeth-rattling tale of future shock.’
    • ‘The term future shock became part of the culture.’
    • ‘Is the Internet going to make future shock worse?’
    • ‘Surprisingly, this year's conference provided little in the way of future shock, but it still managed to be one of the most satisfying in years.’
    • ‘You've just convinced us a minute ago that these substances dropped the advance guard against future shock on the heart, why would they be causing protection?’
    • ‘The second section of Checklist 1 we think of as risks of future shock.’
    • ‘For him, this film represents the polar opposite of traditional future shock.’
    • ‘Hip-Hop Lives revels in being the future shock for the old underground B-boy standard.’
    • ‘In fact, you can take advantage of the future shock to carry the idea.’


1970s popularized by the 1970 book Future Shock by Alvin Toffler (1928–2016).