What Are Contemporary Issues?

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Any modern-day trend, event, idea or topic involving a subject that's relevant to people and affecting them in some way can be defined as a contemporary issue. From climate change to technology and from social issues to health, contemporary issues abound in almost every area of our current lives. The contemporary issues definition also has a caveat that the current events affecting people are unresolved. People often bring attention to contemporary issues because they want to work towards a solution to those problems.

Contemporary issues' meanings help shape our society and play a role in the ways we interact with one another. Some contemporary issues are useful and unifying for society, like electronic banking, while others can be divisive — think politics, climate issues or universal healthcare. Here's a look at some of the key contemporary issues our society faces today.