10 ways to be more courteous with your mobile device

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CHICAGO — March 21 is National Common Courtesy Day, where people can practice acts of respect and civility — no matter how small.

Among the many ways to be more courteous include the use of mobile devices in public and among friends. Smartphones, tablets and cameras are ingrained in our everyday lives, and often we become so tied to them that we ignore the world around us.

One mobile network, in honor of the special day, has released a list of Dos and Do Nots for being more courteous with your device. According to AT&T spokesman Phil Hayes, the company encourages the following 10 practices to be more polite with your phones:

10. Schedule your text messages –Working late (or early)? Rather than sending the text or message directly at 1:30 a.m., go ahead and draft that message, but schedule it to be sent at a more appropriate time.

9. Group texts – Avoid if you can. If you don’t like getting them, you can opt-out in settings.

8. Discreet notifications – Several smart watches like the Rebecca Minkoff Notification Bracelet allow you to be notified of messages with a vibration on your wrist. (Perfect for business meetings.)

7. At events (or the movies) – Turn down the brightness on your phone and if you must text the sitter, do so with the sound off.

6. DO NOT talk in public with the speaker on.

5. DO NOT “cell yell” – You’ll be heard just fine if you speak in your regular voice.

4. DO NOT talk on your phone in public bathroom stalls, at the register in the grocery line, or on the train or bus.

3. DO NOT take embarrassing pictures/video of strangers or friends to post on social media.

2DO use a hands-free headset like the LG Tone or Infinim if you must talk in your car.

1. DO use DriveMode app – Disable text while behind the wheel. Don’t be that driver who is texting on the road, endangering your life and those of others.

AT&T released this list just days after a Chicago man was charged with interfering with cell phone service on the CTA Red Line by using a signal jamming device. Dennis Nicholl was arrested Tuesday, March 8, and charged with unlawful interference with a public utility. Undercover officers made the arrest after receiving a tip.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this story.