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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 hard, weird, occasionally dumb questions about how your tiny tech decisions impact your social life.

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 hard, weird, occasionally dumb questions about how your tiny tech decisions impact your social life.
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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 hard, weird, occasionally dumb questions about how your tiny tech decisions impact your social life.

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Episodes

How do you break up on Instagram?

5/15/2018
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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. Definitely. First we talk to Nayomi Reghay, The Daily Dots’...

Duration:00:42:39

Have you turned off push notifications?

5/8/2018
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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. This episode packs a lot of content and interviews into 40...

Duration:00:46:32

Why did you unfollow me?

5/1/2018
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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, T.C., really. Michael, on the other hand, used to care...

Duration:00:39:45

How do you save your Tinder date's phone number?

4/24/2018
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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.

Duration:00:19:18

Why is it so hard to build a successful music social network?

4/17/2018
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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.

Duration:00:42:59

Why do you leave restaurant reviews?

4/10/2018
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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.

Duration:00:35:05

Why do you have a finstagram?

4/3/2018
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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 this is a reaction to traditional social media.

Duration:00:32:58

Why did you ignore my Facebook event invite?

3/27/2018
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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 under any guest’s name who has opened an invite but not responded. Why do people hate to RSVP? Why do we get hurt when they ignore us? Why are we all so rude? What can Facebook do to fix this problem? We’ve got answers. Ashley talked to a woman...

Duration:00:29:21

Do you take selfies in public?

3/20/2018
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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. Who cares? This is our question on Why’d You Push That Button this week — with a long detour to defend Kim Kardashian, the tryingest social media pioneer and performance artist of our time — and we’re going to get to the bottom...

Duration:00:29:25

Does tech encourage ghosting? (live at SXSW 2018)

3/12/2018
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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. Andru won’t be able to edit anything out, so if you’ve ever wondered what Kaitlyn and I sound like in the studio with no one to rein us in, you should probably come check out this episode. We’ll be trying to figure out why people ghost their...

Duration:00:52:16

Who owns a meme?

3/6/2018
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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, 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 little upside down because she made a meme using a...

Duration:00:36:25

Season 2 and SXSW special announcement

2/21/2018
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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!

Duration:00:02:28

Holiday Spectacular 2017

12/23/2017
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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 audio clips you've sent us over the past few months. We also sit by the fireplace here in our podcast studio to look back at the season. We've learned so much, mainly how tech companies manipulate our minds :) Anyway, I know we're going...

Duration:00:28:54

Why do you share your location?

12/19/2017
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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 location. Do you share with your boyfriend? Does your mom make you do it? Maybe you've gotten lost in a park because your friend didn't know how to drop a pin and you wished they'd share their location. We get it. Our guests include a...

Duration:00:29:45

Why do you hold on to text threads?

12/12/2017
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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 that has the little paper dividers between the three flavors. Get cozy; hold hands. The big question: how do you decide to delete or save text threads from friends, family, or significant others? If you have 3GB of texts from an ex,...

Duration:00:36:24

How do you send nudes?

12/5/2017
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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 require some thought. Do you take to Snapchat, iMessage, or Instagram DMs? What about sending them through your dating app? We talked to two people about how they make sense of this messaging app utopia. An anonymous man named Frank primarily...

Duration:00:33:31

Why do you rewatch your own Instagram stories?

11/28/2017
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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 Instagram stories and obsessively check who's viewed them. This isn't the same behavior as revisiting your grid, although that can be compulsive too. We talk to our friend and true influencer Claire Carusillo about her foray into Instagram stories and...

Duration:00:33:52

Why do you stalk people on Venmo?

11/14/2017
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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 what their friends are exchanging money for. The payment app launched in 2009 and is now popular enough to work as a verb: “I’ll Venmo you,” meaning “I’ll hit you back right now and accompany the payment with some emoji or a dumb inside joke.”...

Duration:00:30:24

Why do you share streaming service passwords?

11/7/2017
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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 that? Do you ever regret it? Do you have to boot ex-boyfriends who keep watching half of the new episode of Game of Thrones before you can get to it, spoiling the latest dragon spectacle? Has your password gotten away from you, whispered...

Duration:00:22:07

Why do you like celebrity photos on Instagram?

10/31/2017
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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. Ashley asked it months ago in this iconic post: Why did my boyfriend like Emily Ratajkowski's butt on Instagram? We now have the definitive, audio version of the article. We're going to get through it together as a family. For this episode,...

Duration:00:26:57