Size often dictates the difference between an issue and problem. An issue is smaller, not life-altering, and it doesn’t present such a degree of difficulty that you have to seek out the counsel of others in order to figure out the impact of the issue.
A problem is larger in scale, often large enough to alter your life either temporarily or permanently. However, a problem can easily require the advice and guidance of those around you, in order to solve it.
An issue is a factor that might cause you some annoyance. A problem can impact people and situations around you, even if they are not directly related to the problem. For instance, forgetting your lunch is an issue, but losing your job is a problem.
Differences Between Problem And Issues
1. Medical connotation: The word ‘issue’ may be used to refer to the action of flowing out, as of blood or other kinds of matter from the body. The word ‘problem’ has no such connotations.
2. Exits: Another difference between the word is that the word ‘issue’ can mean ‘a point of egress or entry’. An example of such usage is: ‘the water flowed from its issue at the top of the mountain’.
3. Children: Another major difference is that the word ‘issue’ can be used to refer to the offspring or offspring of a man or woman. However, if someone says a person died without having an ‘issue’, it means the person had no child.
4. Subject of contemplation: While the word ‘problem’ can be used to refer to a subject or question under discussion, it usually refers to one that is troublesome or irksome. An issue may refer to any matter under discussion, and it may or may not be troublesome.
5. Difficulty: As a connotation of the word ‘problem’ are notions of difficulties, be they major or minor that need to be overcome. Usually, problems are less heavy as opposed to issues that may be much broader and tortuous.
6. Controversy: In the realm of controversy, the word ‘issue’ takes center stage – in all kinds of subjects, situations, and conditions. Issues may range from debates concerning political policies, laws, philosophical contemplations, etc.
7. Extensity: With respect to extensity, the word issue is the furthest ranging in that it can cover a whole vista of subjects and disciplines.
8. Intensity: This may be based on context and perspective, however in common usage, issues are more often intense and far-ranging, especially where they have to do with a cycle of conflicts that are deemed infinitely problematic. Problems in common usage often connote an immediate difficulty which one should deal with in the short term.
9. Media connotation: An issue may be a copy of a publication, be it a journal, memo, or even a magazine. The word ‘problem’ has no such associations with the media.
10. Progeny: Lastly, figuratively speaking, the word ‘issue’ is sometimes broadened to cover the entirety of one’s progeny – in the same manner as the word ‘descendant’ is used.