future shock


Definition of future shock 

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

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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, "The New Mercedes-Benz S-Class Might Be a Better Driver Than You," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of future shock

1965, in the meaning defined above

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