It was known at a young age that Tiger Woods was going to be something special. Tiger shot a 48 at the age of 3. He went on to win the junior world championships six times, was a All-American at Stanford, won 14 major championships, and was the first ever athlete to be worth a billion dollars. He has won a countless amount of other awards over the years also. He continually dominated the game of golf year after year. Throughout this whole time one thing was known and that was Tiger Woods was a winner. What everyone didn’t know was while Tiger Woods the golfer was excelling, Tiger Woods the person was struggling with marital issues.
On November 25, 2009 it hit the news that Tiger Woods had been having multiple affairs. This was a huge shock for me and I’m sure it was also a big shock to many other Tiger Woods fans. When people today think of professional athletes they are seen as spectacles and people forget that a lot of them have issues just like us normal people. I have gotten past Tiger Woods mistakes and continue to be a supporter. For many other former Tiger Woods fans this is not the case though. This has not only hurt his fan base but has also caused a loss of endorsements.
According to divorcerate.org the divorce rate in America is almost 50% for people getting married for the first time and increases in the second and third marriage. I understand that Tiger Woods is looked up to by many and is held to a higher set of standards, but lets cut the man some slack here. Is he not just simply falling in a category that half of the people getting married in America have fallen into? Which I think brings up a even greater issue; is marriage becoming over rated? I mean, if 50% of marriages are failing and this percentage is on a constant rise it seems like its a coin flip whether or not the marriage is going to last. Divorce is not only problematic for the couple involved. It can also be trying for the children of the divorcees. In 92 meta-analysis studies done on children that compared children living in divorced single-parent families with children living in continuously intact families on measures of well-being, it was found that children of divorce scored lower than children in intact families across a variety of outcomes.
If someone said to you heads or tails, heads you have a great beautiful wife with two children and an everlasting marriage and tails you still have a beautiful wife with two children, but after 7 or 8 years the marriage comes crashing down, your wife takes the house, the kids, and you’re stuck paying child support and only seeing your children every other weekend. Do you take the coin flip?
Some might say that the risks are starting to outweigh the rewards in this case. Moving forward, what has caused this shocking statistic and what can be done to get the divorce rate moving in the right direction?
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