Sir, the smartphone craze is only bound to increase and not decrease. It will simply envelop the collective consciousness of hundreds of thousands of people. One is also told that cheaper models are available for as low as Rs.6000, though I own one five times as costly, but gifted by my son.
The basic advantage is that it has what's up and access to the internet. It has storage space for notes. It is very much ideal. As regards the addiction, there are almost fistfights between me and my wife, who gets angry when I spend a lot of time watching it.
It has crossed all cultural barriers. Its utility is what brings it more business day after day. The craze will only increase. However, since the children also have their own gala time watching movies through Netflix and so on, the communication problem goes on increasing between parents and children. In some families, the parents ( both highly educated and employed in senior managerial positions) gift the children with smartphones and allow them to use it at will. As long as the children do not disturb them, they are happy. However, this can be dangerous and they need to exert some pressure and control to see what is going on.
Now, with the 21 days clampdown, the local Tamil television channels have started showing Tamil movies with an added vigor and most have "special" shows. The advertisers are having a whale of a time. Since the work from home arrangements are now so common, the parents have a bit of a time to spend with children. Will the children come out of their smart phones and listen to them remains to be seen.