The book has sold over 6 million copies and has been widely translated.Future shock is also a term for a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies,introduced by Toffler in his book of the same name. Toffler's shortest definition of future shock is a personal perception of "
Toffler argues that society is undergoing an enormous structural change, a revolution from anindustrial societyto a "super-industrial society". This change will overwhelm people, theaccelerated rate of technological and social change leaving them disconnected and suffering from"shattering stress and disorientation" – future shocked. Toffler stated that the majority of social problems were symptoms of the
. In his discussion of the components of such shock,he also coined the term
: 'The future ishere. Are you ready for it? Increasing computing power and nanotechnology will usher in an eraof artificial intelligence, electronic telepathy and virtual immortality within a matter of years...'Works deriving themes and elements from Future Shock include the science fiction novels