future shock

noun

: the physical and psychological distress suffered by one who is unable to cope with the rapidity of social and technological changes

Examples of future shock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If true once, this hardly seems so anymore in a digital era of relentless future shock. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, 16 June 2023 But no one should rely on such policy measures to avert future shocks from severe weather driven by climate change. Robert Litan, Foreign Affairs, 26 Oct. 2022 Core resources also power UNICEF's work to build stable, resilient communities better able to withstand future shocks from conflict, climate change and natural disasters. Sarah Ferguson, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 The answer to future shock is future forecasting. Devon Powers, Wired, 30 Dec. 2021 Though Drake and his producers emphasize lovey-dovey samples and lazily played piano this time out, this album could have arrived during Obama’s second term and no one would have felt future shock. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 5 Sep. 2021 Originally intended for theaters, McKay's film got sucked into a future shock of its own during the pandemic and was sold to Amazon. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 1 July 2021 To help assuage the Luddites among us, automakers are gradually phasing in autonomous features that make our commute feel like time regained, but the real cushioning of future shock comes in the form of coddling driver-assistance tech. Kevin Sintumuang, Esquire, 20 Oct. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of future shock was in 1965

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“Future shock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/future%20shock. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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