Why'd You Push That Button?

Why'd You Push That Button?

*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 Push That Button *examines the choices technology forces us to make, through interviews with consumers, developers, friends, and strangers.... Show More

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January 9, 2019 43 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 and then only approve a select group. The most popular exclusive dating apps include Raya and The League. For this episode, Ashley and Kaitlyn want to know why people spend time app... Read more

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January 2, 2019 33 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 question-and-answer apps — why do people use them, both to ask and receive questions?First, I chat with my pal Vanessa about how they use Instagram’s question and answer feature to build communit... Read more

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December 26, 2018 30 min

People mostly participate in hashtag holidays if they feel a personal connection, but also sometimes to show off their cute baby pics. 

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December 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 out why people like them in the first place.Ashley talks to her best friend, Casey, about her habit of sending voice messages, and Kaitlyn interviews The Verge’s very own AI reporte... Read more

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December 12, 2018 51 min

Kaitlyn and Ashley discuss the five emoji skin tone (not counting the default gold option) and how people decide which color best represents them.

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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

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November 28, 2018 57 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?

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November 21, 2018 58 min

Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman discuss Instagram shopping: why do we buy stuff?

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November 14, 2018 38 min

Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman give the people behind the camera some attention. 

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November 7, 2018 42 min

This week, Vox.com’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman ask why we type the way we do — even if its grammatically incorrect.

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October 31, 2018 38 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?

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October 24, 2018 57 min

Legally, are you allowed to record someone without their permission? And what happens if you go viral, then what?

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October 17, 2018 52 min

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?

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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 friends’ group chat, what it’s like to be an Instagram boyfriend, and why you refuse to type with uppercase letters. We’ll also be tackling more timely topics, like how people decide when... Read more

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May 15, 2018 42 min

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, Instagram posts, and breakups. I would say this is our “personal” episode. We came to talk about whether the Facebook relationship status matters anymore, and we get some answers. Def... Read more

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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, especially for news. Are they masochists? I don’t hate push notifications, so much as I wish they were more targeted and accurate. Kaitlyn resolutely hates them, and that’s fine. T... Read more

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May 1, 2018 39 min

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: Managing Editor T.C. Sottek and Senior Features Editor Michael Zelenko about why they unfollow people. T.C. only follows four people on Twitter! None of whom are Kaitlyn or me. It’s fine,... Read more

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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 doing since they dated. They and The Verge’s Lizzie Plaugic then evaluate all the options for saving a phone number and whether it’s weird to ask for someone’s last name.

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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 understand what is missing in social media for music.

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April 10, 2018 35 min

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 questions to Brian Boshes, product manager of contributions & community, who explains why he thinks people leave reviews and whether they’re tearing apart the fabric of our society... Read more

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