What do you know about social problems?
In each complex and complicated society there are bound to be social problems. Some problems are of serious magnitude and result in dislocation. These also require our immediate attention otherwise these will in turn create problems. Some problems are not very serious if ignored can result in further seriousness.
Social Problem Defined
According to Lundberg, “A social problem is any deviant behaviour in a disapproved direction of such a degree that it exceeds the tolerance limit of the community”. It may also be defined as a condition, which effects large number of people in an adverse manner. It can also be said as a difficulty of mis-behaviour which vast majority wants to correct. Social problem also arises when there is deviation from accepted social norms. These are usually threats to establish social ways and therefore, it is necessary to eliminate them as quickly as possible.
Effects of Social Problems
Social problems very adversely affect our society. One of the major effects is that our harmony is distributed and in its stead in the society there is hostility and suspicion. These also result in large-scale social dissatisfaction and create suffering and misery. On the whole social problems do not all help in solving any problem but create problems of serious magnitude, which is disadvantageous to the whole society. But in this connection it may be pointed out that ‘problem’ is not an absolute term. It is only a relative term because what is problem for one society may not be problem for the other. Similarly ‘problem’ is not permanent and universal. What may appear problem today may not remain so tomorrow. We find that in
child marriage was problem till yesterday but today it has received universal condemnation and as such is no problem at all. Pakistan