Can I say that "I care about how the news paper wrote about me"

I am sure about the usage that I care about my family. It implies that I love my family, I am emotionally attached with them, and they are important to me.

However, can I say that " I care about the news paper wrote about me "? I ask because I am not implying that I LOVE the news paper, but it is true that how they wrote about me is important to me, and I am emotionally attached to what it says. More precisely, I will be happy if it says something good about me, and vice versa. PS: is EMOTIONALLY ATTACHED describes correctly the situation?

  • I wouldn't say: "I care about HOW the newspaper (one word) wrote about", it sounds a bit stilted, whereas the negative "I don't care what the newspapers write about me" sounds more natural. For the affirmative sense, I would say: "It matters (OR) I care what the newspapers say about me."
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jan 29, 2015 at 18:54

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Yes, you can use care to indicate that you are worried or concerned about something, without an underlying meaning that you care for it.

Dictionary.com definition:

verb (used without object), cared, caring.

  1. to be concerned or solicitous; have thought or regard.
  2. to be concerned or have a special preference (usually used in negative constructions): I don't care if I do.
  3. to make provision or look out (usually followed by for): Will you care for the children while I am away?
  4. to have an inclination, liking, fondness, or affection (usually followed by for): Would you care for dessert? I don't care for him very much.

verb (used with object), cared, caring.

  1. to feel concern about: He doesn't care what others say.
  2. to wish; desire; like: Would you care to dance?

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