03/12/2014 01:16 pm ET Updated Mar 12, 2014

The Moment I Knew My BlackBerry Addiction Was Out Of Control

Rafael Pizzaro joined HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani to share the story of a shocking wake-up call that showed him it was time to take it easy with his smartphone.

Pizzaro was on a trip in Sacramento, where he and his colleagues were lobbying for environmental legislation. The team took a break for lunch, and during the meal Pizzaro made an odd discovery.

"One of my colleagues turned to me and asked what I was doing. My hands were under the table, my phone was on the table, and I looked under and I saw that my fingers were moving, my thumbs were moving as if I had the BlackBerry in my hand, and I said, 'That's crazy,'" he said.

Realizing that his phone had become such an ingrained part of his behavior drove Pizzaro to rethink how he incorporated it into his life.

"I had to change how I was looking at this tool because the ghost-typing, as I called it, was just a symptom of a bigger problem," he said.

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