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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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Who is your Instagram boyfriend?

11/14/2018
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This week on Why’d You Push That Button, Vox.com’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and I (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. The unsung heroes. We want to know how these people feel and how influencers decide who to ask to take their photo. We chat with Meredith Haggerty about the time she hired an Instagram boyfriend for Fashion Week in New York City a couple years...

Duration:00:38:43

Why do you text like that?

11/7/2018
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I’ll admit it: I often tweet in all lowercase because I want to seem chill and nonchalant. I know this is dumb. I know it. But I can’t resist. I’m a relaxed person! This week, Vox.com’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and I (Ashley Carman) ask ourselves why we type like we do. Are we really that cool? First, I chat with my friend Laura who also types in all lowercase all the time. She’s truly dedicated to the effort. Then, Kaitlyn interviews The Verge’s copy editor Kara Verlaney about her thoughts on...

Duration:00:42:33

Why did you leave the group chat?

10/31/2018
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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. Vox.com’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and I (Ashley Carman) are here to help you work through that pain with this episode of Why’d You Push That Button. First, I chat with my friend Liz who tells us about her current and past group chat drama. She’s actually...

Duration:00:40:41

When is it okay to record someone?

10/24/2018
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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 murky territory, both legally and as human beings, but we’re going to tackle it on Why’d You Push That Button this week. On this episode, we talk to Porscha Coleman, who recorded an infamous Apple Store Vine, as well as Carlye Wisel, who...

Duration:00:57:28

Why do you delete your tweets?

10/17/2018
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Why’d You Push That Button is back for season three, and our first episode is a relatively serious one. Vox.com’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and I (Ashley Carman) catch up on our summers and then dive into everyone’s favorite social media platform: Twitter. We need to discuss tweets. Are they worth deleting, or should we preserve our limited-character history? Who needs to worry about their tweets? What happens if a potential employer searches your Twitter? What will they find? Sure, Kaitlyn and I...

Duration:00:52:18

Here's what we're asking about in Season 3

10/10/2018
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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 it’s time to delete their tweets and why, and how they...

Duration:00:01:09

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 about...

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 of...

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 dates...

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 to...

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 woman...

Duration:00:29:45