Why'd You Push That Button?

Why'd You Push That Button?

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Confronting the choices that technology forces us to make.


Death Online: Mourning a robot
Jun 19 • 39 min
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
Jun 12 • 37 min
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 to…
Does deleting Instagram make you happier?
Jun 5 • 47 min
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 deactivates…
Why are you anonymous online?
May 29 • 39 min
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 life…
Why do you promote your tweets?
May 22 • 33 min
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 engagement…
Why do iPhone users judge people with green text bubbles?
May 15 • 35 min
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 Goods by…
We’re back this week!
May 13 • 1 min
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 green…
Should we be kind to our smart assistants?
Feb 6 • 21 min
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 Assistant…
Why do you use an exclusive dating app?
Jan 9 • 45 min
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 apply…
Why do you ask questions anonymously?
Jan 2 • 35 min
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…
Why do you post on fake holidays?
Dec 26, 2018 • 32 min
The Verge’s Why’d You Push That Button squad is in the holiday spirit, so in this week’s episode, hosts Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany discuss hashtag holidays. You might not know the term, but you definitely know the phenomenon. Maybe you’ve seen…
Why do you send voice messages?
Dec 19, 2018 • 33 min
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 figure…
How do you choose your emoji skin tone?
Dec 12, 2018 • 50 min
How do you choose which emoji skin tone to use? This week on Why’d You Push That Button, Vox’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and The Verge’s Ashley Carman discuss the five emoji skin tones (not counting the default gold option) and how people decide which color best…
What makes a place Instagram-worthy?
Nov 28, 2018 • 56 min
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? This week on Why’d You Push That Button, Vox’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and The Verge’s Ashley Carman discuss the characteristics that…
What have you bought on Instagram?
Nov 21, 2018 • 56 min
It’s nearly Black Friday, and we’re gearing up with a podcast about shopping, of course. This week on Why’d You Push That Button, Vox’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and The Verge’s Ashley Carman discuss Instagram shopping: why do we buy stuff? They chat with Verge…
Who is your Instagram boyfriend?
Nov 14, 2018 • 37 min
This week on Why’d You Push That Button, Vox.com’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and The Verge’s Ashley Carman give the people behind the camera some attention. We’re talking about Instagram boyfriends, or simply, the photographers who take everyone’s Instagram photos.…
Why do you text like that?
Nov 7, 2018 • 40 min
This week, Vox’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and The Verge’s Ashley Carman ask why we type the way we do. Are we really that cool?First, they chat with Ashley’s friend Laura who also types in all lowercase all the time. Then, Kaitlyn interviews The Verge’s copy…
Why did you leave the group chat?
Oct 31, 2018 • 39 min
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? Maybe you’ve had someone leave a group without giving you a reason as to why, and maybe it hurt a little bit.…
When is it okay to record someone?
Oct 24, 2018 • 55 min
Sometimes you see something happening out in the world, and you feel compelled to record it. You just have to capture it. Is that okay? Legally, are you allowed to record someone without their permission? And what happens if you go viral, then what? It’s…
Why do you delete your tweets?
Oct 17, 2018 • 52 min
Why’d You Push That Button is back for season 3, and our first episode is a relatively serious one. Vox’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and I catch up on our summers and then dive into everyone’s favorite social media platform: Twitter. We need to discuss tweets. Are…
How do you break up on Instagram?
May 15, 2018 • 43 min
The time has come, everyone. Summer is basically here, and Why’d You Push That Buttonis 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,…
Have you turned off push notifications?
May 8, 2018 • 46 min
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 on,…
Why did you unfollow me?
May 1, 2018 • 39 min
I’m calling this week’s episode of Why’d You Push That Button the “politics of unfollowing.” 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: Managing Editor…
How do you save your Tinder date’s phone number?
Apr 24, 2018 • 19 min
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…
Why is it so hard to build a successful music social network?
Apr 17, 2018 • 43 min
We’re chugging along with Why’d You Push That Button. We’ve got a few more episodes left in the season, and today’s is about music social networks. Kaitlyn loves stalking her friends’ Spotify feeds, whereas I keep my account hidden from everyone. I just…
Why do you leave restaurant reviews?
Apr 10, 2018 • 36 min
Kaitlyn and I love food; take that above photo of us as proof. We’re often conflicted about leaving reviews for restaurants, however. Kaitlyn has never written a Yelp review, whereas I’ve written only one. We worry about reviews as a whole. Should…
Why do you have a finstagram?
Apr 3, 2018 • 33 min
This week on Why’d You Push That Button, Kaitlyn and Ashley analyze fake Instagrams, aka finstas, to find some truth. We talk to a teen, a model, and a reporter to get answers about why people keep a finsta. I don’t want to spoil anything, but we…
Why did you ignore my Facebook event invite?
Mar 27, 2018 • 30 min
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 I explore ignored Facebook events. More specifically, we talk about the check mark and “seen” that Facebook puts under any…
Do you take selfies in public?
Mar 20, 2018 • 30 min
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; Ashley…
Does tech encourage ghosting?
Mar 12, 2018 • 52 min
Kaitlyn and I went to Texas, ate breakfast tacos, each gained five pounds of happy weight, and more or less became certified brands. We had a good time together. We also successfully pulled off our first live episode of Why’d You Push That Button.We tried…
Who owns a meme?
Mar 6, 2018 • 37 min
Our first episode of season 2 is about memes and the law, which sounds both boring and scary and is neither. First, we chatted with Vox Media’s Sara Reinis, who told us an unsettling story about her first viral tweet. In short: Her life was turned a…
Holiday Spectacular 2017
Dec 23, 2017 • 31 min
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 to the…
Why do you share your location?
Dec 19, 2017 • 31 min
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 your…
Why do you hold on to text threads?
Dec 12, 2017 • 38 min
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 popcorn…
How do you send nudes?
Dec 5, 2017 • 34 min
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…
Why do you rewatch your own Instagram stories?
Nov 28, 2017 • 34 min
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 snack on our own Instagram content. More specifically, we want to know why people rewatch their own Instagram…
Why do you stalk people on Venmo?
Nov 14, 2017 • 31 min
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 why…
Why do you share streaming service passwords?
Nov 7, 2017 • 22 min
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 do…
Why do you like celebrity photos on Instagram?
Oct 31, 2017 • 27 min
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. I…
Why do you turn on read receipts?
Oct 24, 2017 • 23 min
Here it is! The second episode of a new Verge podcast called Why’d You Push That Button. On this show, my colleague, Circuit Breaker’s Ashley Carman, and me, the Culture section’s most self-indulgent blogger, talk about all the tiny decisions your gadgets…
Why do you Super Like people on Tinder?
Oct 17, 2017 • 29 min
Our podcast has arrived. You made it. Thank you. In Why’d You Push That Button, my friend and colleague Kaitlyn Tiffany and I, Ashley Carman, ask the questions you’re probably already talking about with your friends. We analyze the small, seemingly…
Coming soon: Why’d You Push That Button?
Oct 11, 2017 • 1 min
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? asks the…