Future Shock – Alvin Toffler (1970)

1960s: Days of Rage

Future Shock is a 1970 book by American futuristAlvin Toffler, written together with his spouse Adelaide Farrell, in which the authors define the term ‘future shock’ as a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies. The shortest definition for the term in the book is a personal perception of ‘too much change in too short a period of time’. The book, which became an international bestseller, has sold over 6 million copies and has been widely translated. … Alvin Toffler argued that society is undergoing an enormous structural change, a revolution from an industrial society to a ‘super-industrial society‘. This change overwhelms people. He argues that the accelerated rate of technological and social change leaves people disconnected and suffering from ‘shattering stress and disorientation’—future shocked. Toffler stated that the majority of social problems are symptoms of future shock. In his discussion of the components…

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