Future Shock is a book written by the futurist Alvin Toffler in 1970. In the book, Toffler defines the term “future shock” as a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies. His shortest definition for the term is a personal perception of “too much change in too short a period of time”.
I have not had any experience of ‘future shock’. Nor am I now experiencing one despite all kinds of weird things happening all around us globally, nationally and locally. There simply is no ‘too much change in too short a period of time’. Change is certainly taking place, but to me at least it seems as though it is in slow motion like this:
I have had my share of shocks in my life and have survived them quite successfully. With age, I have learnt not to be shocked by many things that would have shocked me in my youth. I doubt very much that anything can shock me any more.