In the News: Minorities Choose Bottled Water Over Tap; Obama’s Health Care Law and More

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Boy (12-13) drinking water, rear view

Minorities are consuming and spending a greater amount of their income on bottled water than their white counterparts (Image: Thinkstock)

  • Minorities Choosing Bottled Water Over Tap

While health studies have produced much data proving that tap water is healthy and sanitary, Black and Latino parents seem to believe otherwise. Instead, minorities are consuming and spending a greater amount of their income on bottled water compared to Whites.

A recent study in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine illustrated this trend, reporting that Black and Latino parents were three times more likely to give their kids bottled water than White parents.

Read more at NewsOne…

  • Obama Aide: Health Care Ruling Won’t Stand

White House officials say today’s appeals court ruling against the requirement that all Americans buy health insurance–the key part of President Obama‘s health care law–will not stand.

“Individuals who choose to go without health insurance are making an economic decision that affects all of us–when people without insurance obtain health care they cannot pay for, those with insurance and taxpayers are often left to pick up the tab,” writes health care aide Stephanie Cutter on the White House blog.

Read more at USA Today…

  • What Can Social Media Tell Us About Society? [Infographic]

America is obsessed with its social media tools–more than half of all Americans have a social networking profile. But what does social media tell us about American society? Is our use of social tools a reflection of our interests and behaviors?

Social media strategy firm Hasai decided to find out. The result is an infographic that draws several conclusions about the nature of the average American: Apparently we Americans have a lot to say (48% of all bloggers are U.S.-based), love talking about television (77% have used social media to share their love of a show) and love video games (10% of all US-based Web activity involves video games).

Read more at Mashable…

  • Alfred Edmond, Jr.

    I’m taking this first news item as a wake-up call to reduce, if not eliminate, my spending on bottled water, for the sake of my finances as well as our environment.