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Why'd You Push That Button?

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The Verge’s Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany ask the hard, weird, and occasionally dumb questions about how your tiny tech decisions impact your social life. Do you turn read receipts on? Do you share your Netflix passwords with friends? Why'd You P...Show More
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Why do you turn on read receipts?

22:47 | Oct 24th, 2017

Here it is! The second episode of a new Verge podcast called Why’d You Push That Button. Last week, we started things off with Tinder’s Super Like feature. This week, we’re talking about read receipts — the timestamp that’s optional in iMessage and m...Show More
Why did you unfollow me?

39:46 | May 1st, 2018

I’m calling this week’s episode of Why’d You Push That Button the “politics of unfollowing” episode. What makes someone click that unfollow button, and why does it hurt our feelings when they do? Kaitlyn and I talk to two of our Verge colleagues: Man...Show More
What does ‘being verified’ actually mean?

32:32 | Aug 7th

I have sad news today: we’re publishing the season 4 finale of Why’d You Push That Button? The good news, though, is that it’s a really great episode! Today, Kaitlyn Tiffany and I (Ashley Carman) are asking what verification on social media accounts ...Show More
Why do you use Close Friends on Instagram?

30:14 | Jul 31st

Instagram introduced its Close Friends feature, the ability for users to assign followers to a Close Friends list and only post Stories for them, nearly a year ago. At the time, it seemed like an official product response to the user behavior of Fins...Show More
Why you’ll never quit Amazon Prime

13:16 | Jul 29th

Land of the Giants is a new podcast from Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network about the five major technology companies (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google – or “FAANG”) that have reshaped our world. Each season focuses on one of the gi...Show More
What keeps people on Snapchat?

36:36 | Jul 24th

In the social media world, Instagram has dominated as the most used app in 2019, but what happened to Snapchat? Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany dive into where Snapchat is after Instagram stole their innovative "story" feature, and what the people ...Show More
Why do you slide into DMs?

36:24 | Jul 17th

In 2019, what's really going down in people's Instagram and Twitter direct messages? How has the behavior and usage changed over the past few years? Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman interview people who found love in the DMs and others who didn't. L...Show More
Is auto-replying ruining email?

33:41 | Jul 10th

Do you use Gmail's "smart reply" feature when answering e-mails? Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany explore the world of the automated email responses and how it makes us feel as both the sender and the recipient. 
Death Online: When celebrities die

39:05 | Jun 26th

In the third and final episode of the Death Online series, Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany analyze why people flock to Twitter after a celebrity dies. Guests include a reporter who is all too familiar with the phenomenon, a writer who fears the day...Show More
Death Online: Mourning a robot

39:47 | Jun 19th

What happens when your robot friend dies? Ashley Carman explores the grieving community surrounding the short-lived social robot Jibo.
Death Online: Planning your digital afterlife

37:13 | Jun 12th

What’s going to happen to all of your tweets, Instagram photos, and emails when you die? To kick off a special three-part miniseries about Death Online, Ashley and Kaitlyn are in search of the perfect digital afterlife — and the skills they’ll need t...Show More
Does deleting Instagram make you happier?

47:39 | Jun 5th

People are becoming more conscious of their phone and app usage to a point that tech companies, including Google and Apple, are building software to deter them from scrolling through apps like Instagram and Twitter. On this episode, Kaitlyn deactivat...Show More
Why are you anonymous online?

39:49 | May 29th

Anonymous accounts can be essential for creatives on the internet and also a tool for others to detach themselves from their work. This week, The Verge’s Ashley Carman and Vox’s Kaitlyn Tiffany talk to users who feel the need to keep their personal l...Show More
Why do you promote your tweets?

33:52 | May 22nd

Promoting a tweet has been a tool for brands, influencers, and entrepreneurs to spread their message, but why do regular users promote their tweets? Ashley Carman of The Verge and Kaitlyn Tiffany of The Goods by Vox talk to Twitter users, an engageme...Show More
Why do iPhone users judge people with green text bubbles?

35:45 | May 15th

Do you scoff at people who appear in iMessage as a green bubble? Or are you the person with the green bubble that has been unaware of your friends secretly judging you? In the season premiere, Ashley Carman of The Verge and Kaitlyn Tiffany of The Goo...Show More
We’re back this week!

01:13 | May 13th

A new season of Why’d You Push That Button? is coming May 15th! Ashley Carman of The Verge and Kaitlyn Tiffany of The Goods by Vox will explore more of the tiny decisions that technology forces us to make, like why iPhone users judge people with gree...Show More
Should we be kind to our smart assistants?

20:42 | Feb 6th

Hosts Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany travel to Las Vegas for CES 2019 and chat about what it means to have smart speakers in our homes and as part of our families. Do we need to be kind to them? Director of Product Management for the Google Assist...Show More
Introducing Better Worlds

28:24 | Jan 30th

Welcome to Better Worlds, The Verge's new series of short fiction, audio, and animation that explores how technology can shape our society and environment in better, more equitable ways. "Monsters Come Howling In Their Season" is one of five audio ad...Show More
Why do you use an exclusive dating app?

43:37 | Jan 9th

It’s the season finale of Why’d You Push That Button, and this week, hosts Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany discuss exclusive dating apps. Unlike Tinder, Facebook Dating, Hinge, or most other dating apps, these exclusive versions require users to ap...Show More
Why do you ask questions anonymously?

33:46 | Jan 2nd

My Instagram followers want to know whether I like veggie chips and how many push-ups I can do in a row. The answer is no and one. On this week’s Why’d You Push That Button, Vox.com’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and I (Ashley Carman) discuss anonymous question-a...Show More
Why do you post on fake holidays?

30:35 | Dec 26th, 2018

People mostly participate in hashtag holidays if they feel a personal connection, but also sometimes to show off their cute baby pics. 
Why do you send voice messages?

33:58 | Dec 19th, 2018

The people who love voice messages love voice messages. Vox.com’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and The Verge’s Ashley Carman aren’t those people. On this week’s Why’d You Push That Button, they discuss voice messages and why people send them. They also try to fig...Show More
How do you choose your emoji skin tone?

51:28 | Dec 12th, 2018

Kaitlyn and Ashley discuss the five emoji skin tone (not counting the default gold option) and how people decide which color best represents them. 
Function with Anil Dash: What Does Epic Games Owe the Artists Who Inspire Fortnite Emotes?

41:12 | Dec 5th, 2018

We've got a bonus episode of another podcast from Vox Media that we think you'll enjoy, it's called Function with Anil Dash
What makes a place Instagram-worthy?

57:50 | Nov 28th, 2018

What makes you post a photo to Instagram? What space is truly worthy of a post? Are we willing to destroy nature for a good pic? 
What have you bought on Instagram?

58:16 | Nov 21st, 2018

Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman discuss Instagram shopping: why do we buy stuff? 
Who is your Instagram boyfriend?

38:43 | Nov 14th, 2018

Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman give the people behind the camera some attention.  
Why do you text like that?

42:33 | Nov 7th, 2018

This week, Vox.com’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman ask why we type the way we do — even if its grammatically incorrect. 
Why did you leave the group chat?

38:33 | Oct 31st, 2018

Some of us love our group chats. Others of us hate them and would love nothing more than to leave them all. But why do we want to leave? 
When is it okay to record someone?

57:26 | Oct 24th, 2018

Legally, are you allowed to record someone without their permission? And what happens if you go viral, then what? 
Why do you delete your tweets?

52:18 | Oct 17th, 2018

Why’d You Push That Button is back for season three, and our first episode is a serious one. Kaitlyn Tiffany and I catch up on our summers and then dive into tweets. Are they worth deleting? Who needs to worry about their tweet history? 
Here's what we're asking about in Season 3

01:09 | Oct 10th, 2018

We’re back at it again. Why’d You Push That Button, The Verge’s podcast about all the choices technology forces us to make, is returning for a third season on October 17th. As usual, we’ll cover pressing issues of our time, like why you left your fri...Show More
How do you break up on Instagram?

42:39 | May 15th, 2018

The time has come, everyone. Summer is basically here, and Why’d You Push That Button is wrapping season two just in time for us to get our butts to the beach. But before we do, we have an episode for you. It’s about relationships, Facebook statuses,...Show More
Have you turned off push notifications?

46:32 | May 8th, 2018

I’m deeming this year the year of the push notification solely because of the disaster that was Hawaii’s accidental ballistic missile alert. On this week’s Why’d You Push That Button, Kaitlyn Tiffany and I look into why people turn push notifications...Show More
How do you save your Tinder date's phone number?

19:19 | Apr 24th, 2018

On this special throwback episode of Why’d You Push That Button, Kaitlyn and Ashley revisit an old, one-off podcast episode from Verge Extras about saving phone numbers of people they meet online. They call one of Ashley’s exes to learn how he’s been...Show More
Why is it so hard to build a successful music social network?

42:59 | Apr 17th, 2018

This week, Kaitlyn talks to Wirecutter reporter Jordan McMahon on his use of the Spotify friend activity feed and Ashley gets Verge reporter Micah Singleton's take. Then they sit down with Charlie Kaplan CEO of Cymbal, a social media app for music to...Show More
Why do you leave restaurant reviews?

35:05 | Apr 10th, 2018

For this week’s episode of Why’d You Push That Button, we look into restaurant reviews and why people leave them. We talk to a Yelp Elite member, Dominek, as well as a restaurant-owner named Benham about how Yelp affects their lives. Then we take our...Show More
Why do you have a finstagram?

32:58 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Fake Instagrams are one of the last refuges of the authentic online self Kaitlyn talks to her little sister about her finstagram, Ashley talks to model Paris Sanders about her finstagram, and expert Taylor Lorenz at The Daily Beast weighs in on why t...Show More
Why did you ignore my Facebook event invite?

29:22 | Mar 27th, 2018

I know you only have a Facebook account for event invites, and I get it. This week on Why’d You Push That Button, Kaitlyn and Ashley explore ignored Facebook events. More specifically, they talk about the check mark and “seen” that Facebook puts unde...Show More
Do you take selfies in public?

29:25 | Mar 20th, 2018

Do you take selfies? Do you take them in public? Do you watch other people take selfies in public and judge them harshly, as if it is any of your business? Or, uh, why does anyone have an opinion on the selfie behaviors of others? I don’t take them; ...Show More
Does tech encourage ghosting?

52:16 | Mar 12th, 2018

Ashley: The Why’d You Push That Button team has landed in Austin. We made it. Our producer Andru and I ate chocolate chip cookies on the plane, and Kaitlyn ate pretzels. Suspicious. We’re here because we’re doing the show live, in Austin, at SXSW. An...Show More
Who owns a meme?

36:26 | Mar 6th, 2018

Welcome back to Why’d You Push That Button! Season 2 starts today, which might be a fun little surprise for you because honestly, we haven’t done a great job of remembering to talk about it on Twitter! Our first episode is about memes and the law, wh...Show More
Season 2 starts at SXSW 2018

02:29 | Feb 21st, 2018

Hello, subscribers! Why’d You Push That Button is back! Season 2 starts on March 6th, and we’re kicking off the week with an additional episode LIVE at SXSW 2018 in Austin, Texas, on March 10th featuring special guests. Come visit us! 
Holiday Spectacular 2017

28:55 | Dec 23rd, 2017

We've done it, fam. We've finished season one of the podcast. Because it's also the season of giving, and because we love you all, today's episode is dedicated to you. In today's Holiday Spectacular — I told you it was coming — Kaitlyn and I listen t...Show More
Why do you share your location?

29:45 | Dec 19th, 2017

We only have a week left in season one of Why'd You Push That Button?. So savor this episode. Really, soak it up. It's all you'll have to get through winter, other than our Holiday Spectacular episode next week. This week, we're asking why you share ...Show More
Why do you hold on to text threads?

36:24 | Dec 12th, 2017

This week on Why’d You Push That Button, we’ve been hypnotized by the romance of New York in December and we’re acting accordingly! Twinkle lights, snow banks, and love letters. I recommend listening with a cup of hot chocolate or a bucket of that po...Show More
How do you send nudes?

33:31 | Dec 5th, 2017

This week on Why'd You Push That Button?, we're talking about sending nudes. Sending a naked photo of yourself in 2017 doesn't need to be complicated, but with hundreds of thousands of messaging apps to choose from, deciding how to send that nude can...Show More
Why do you rewatch your own Instagram stories?

33:52 | Nov 28th, 2017

Why'd You Push That Button? is back. We took a break last week to feast on Thanksgiving side dishes, and now we've returned to break down why we enjoy our own Instagram content. More specifically, we want to know why people rewatch their own Instagra...Show More
Why do you stalk people on Venmo?

30:25 | Nov 14th, 2017

This week on Why’d You Push That Button, we’re getting into one of the real soap operas of modern life: Venmo’s public activity feed. Some people never look at it, some people scroll through it during their daily commute, inexplicably curious about w...Show More
Why do you share streaming service passwords?

22:08 | Nov 7th, 2017

This week on Why’d You Push That Button, we’re talking about a series of buttons. Specifically, the buttons on your keyboard that you have to use to type out the password to your Netflix, Hulu, or HBOGo account and send them to another person. Do you...Show More
Why do you like celebrity photos on Instagram?

26:58 | Oct 31st, 2017

We aren't stopping here at Why'd You Push That Button? HQ, aka The Verge's offices. We've still got more episodes, and this week, we're asking: Why do you like celebrity photos on Instagram? This question might sound familiar if you're a Verge reader...Show More
Why do you Super Like people on Tinder?

28:50 | Oct 17th, 2017

Our podcast has arrived. You made it. Thank you. In Why'd You Push That Button, Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman, ask the questions you're probably already talking about with your friends. We analyze the small, seemingly insignificant decisions we m...Show More
Coming soon: Why'd You Push That Button?, Season 3

01:06 | Oct 11th, 2017

Why’d You Push That Button? is a podcast about the choices technology forces us to make, featuring interviews with consumers, developers, friends, and strangers. Hosted by The Verge’s Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany, Why’d You Push That Button? ask...Show More