can addiction apply?

malgosia

Senior Member
Polish
Can I use apply in the following sentence?

Addiction to technology doesn't apply to all young people.

I want to say that not all young people are addicted to technology, but I need to use the word addiction.
 
  • pops91710

    Senior Member
    English, AE
    Can I use apply in the following sentence?

    Addiction to technology doesn't apply to all young people.

    I want to say that not all young people are addicted to technology, but I need to use the word addiction.
    I would say,The term "Addiction to technology" doesn't apply to all young people.
     

    Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I like Hermione's turnaround of the sentence, but I'd shorten it: Not all young people have an addiction to technology.

    If you wanted to make it clear to a reader who might not get it that you aren't referring to a physical addiction, you could put "addiction" in quotation marks (as I just did).
     
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