Nervous Breakdown of Society

Nervous Breakdown of Society

Wild Card's progress: advanced

This Wild Card came from: 
Workshops/Meetings

The theme/scheme related to this Wild Card: 
Germany

The sub-theme that best relates to this Wild Card: 
May 2010

The source of this Wild Card: 
Discussion on wild cards in the science fiction working group.

Likelihood timeframe and scenario features : 
now-2050

Wild Card's description 
Acceleration of life, sensory overload by the media, pervasive ICT and fierce competition at the work place have led to a dramatic increase of mental illnesses and disorders, a rise in apocalyptic prophecies and conspiracy theories and wide-spread apathy. Attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders become the norm, combined with a general loss of confidence in existing organisations – state, churches, family. The society as a whole is facing a kind of nervous breakdown with subsequent burn-out syndrome.