Question for the masses regarding writing the future - how much control should I keep over my vision of what it will look like? My story takes place 20 years from now, and I have a pretty clear view of how to plot technological advances - or rather the lack thereof - I'm being purposefully very restrained in my technological advancement because my goal is to pull the reality in close, so as to create a plausible "world built by today's children." And on top of that my society has lost a certain sense of ambition and become complacent. That said, my critique group (especially a few members who do a lot of sci-fi) are repeatedly and emphatically going after elements of my reality not being futuristic enough or not conforming to how they think society will evolve...so how committed do I stay to my reality? I'm really committed to not doing "Back to the Future" but the question is how to play it so that people stop saying "I'm not buying this as the future." (I keep wanting to ask if they've been to the future since they know so many irrefutable facts about it) Here are some specific things I keep running into: 1) One guy keeps hitting me every time I use the word "smartphone" (multiple weeks) because he thinks the term will have exited the lexicon and they will only be called "phones" because dumb phones will no longer exist (I disagree on both points). 2) My story is set in a newsroom and there are a bunch of flatscreen TVs - I've been told this is unrealistic because the screens will just be part of the wall not separate devices (again I disagree although this could happen without a lot of interruption). 3) I keep running into the criticism that my characters work at a cable TV network and everyone thinks TV channels can't exist in the future (Here I REALLY FIRMLY disagree - there will be more online integration but not total obliteration in my opinion). And as a corollary, I keep getting slammed for the fact that one of my characters writes exclusively for the channel's website and is not on TV as they insist the line between the two will be gone (this is my BIGGEST disagreement as I know the industry and even online subscription channels draw a line between their "on air" stream and the text/YouTube content on the website). I do want to say that I've gotten a ton of good, tough criticism of my worldbuilding that I've used - but I'm getting really tired of being told my future isn't futuristic enough when it's not that way on purpose. Any advice? I do want to say that I've gotten a ton of positive criticism of my worldbuilding that I've used - but I'm getting really tired of being told my future isn't futuristic enough when it's not that way on purpose. Any advice? I do have tech advancement - tablets have made laptops obsolete and everyone does work on tablets with snap-on keyboards. There have been huge advancements in wearable technology, a lot of younger people have fiber-optic clothing that lights ups, young people are "natives" with GoogleGlass and smartwatches. Tons of devices have "kinesthetic remotes" and can be controlled with hand-waves (although this isn't written yet). So, it is somewhat futuristic - but I'm trying to keep it in the background rather than shoving it down the reader's throat.