Causes And Types Of Social Vices

Social vices are bad traits, unhealthy, and negative behaviors that do not follow the morality of society and are frowned upon by members of society. Some examples of social vices will be discussed in this article to shed more light on this topic.

Some people see it as deviant behavior that violates social norms and expectations. Deviance can be something as small as dressing inappropriately or something as serious as destroying people’s property.

Types of Social Vices

The types below are some of the social vices in school and society that are common among youths.

Examination Malpractice

Examination malpractice is one of the problems facing the education system of any country, especially Nigeria. This is any deliberate act of wrong-doing, contrary to the rules of examinations, designed to give a candidate an unfair advantage or frequently place a candidate at a disadvantage.


This is a major social problem in Nigerian tertiary institutions as their activities and mode of operation are usually shrouded in secrecy. Cultism is defined as an organization whose activities are not only exclusively kept away from the knowledge of others, but such activities are carried out at odd hours of the day and often clash with the accepted norms and values of everyday life.

Indecent Dressing

It is one of the examples of social vices because its practice is contrary to society’s acceptable norms and values. Indecent dressing simply means deliberate exposure of one’s body to the public. It is also known as immodesty.

Drug Abuse/addiction

This is the excessive use of psychoactive drugs such as alcohol or illegal drugs to create pleasurable effects on the brain. These drugs are non-medical.


This is an act of taking what does not belong to you. This kind of act is common among the old and young. People are no longer contented with what they have but covet what belongs to others.

Pre-marital sexual activity

This is a sexual relationship between unmarried people. It is against the norms and values of society because of the dangers attached to it. Some of the risks include a high rate of abortion, unwanted pregnancy, single parent, misuse of the body, etc.

Causes of Social Vices

Peer pressure: This is one of the major causes of youth involvement in social vices. Students spend more time with their friends in school or at home.

Broken Homes: These are homes that are not structurally intact due to divorce, separation, death of one’s parent, and illegitimacy. Divorce breeds negative emotions in children, which has a significant influence, and one of the effects is that children from these homes tend to engage in social vices.

Poverty: People believe that poverty is a disease that can make people engage in activities that are not legal. It is the state of being extremely poor, inferior in quality, or insufficient in amount.

Bolarinwa Olajire

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