Vox Media Podcast Network

Why'd You Push That Button?

Why’d you like that celebrity photo on Instagram? Why’d you leave that restaurant review on Yelp? Why’d you text in lowercase, or turn on read receipts, or share your location? Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany ask real people the hard, meta, and occasionally silly questions about the way technology influences our thinking, changes our behavior, and affects our social lives. Produced by The Verge and the Vox Media Podcast Network.

Episodes
Aug. 7, 2019 What does ‘being verified’ actually mean?
I have sad news today: we’re publishing the season 4 finale of Why’d You Push That Button? The good news, …
July 31, 2019 Why do you use Close Friends on Instagram?
Instagram introduced its Close Friends feature, the ability for users to assign followers to a Close Friends list and only …
July 29, 2019 Why you’ll never quit Amazon Prime
Land of the Giants is a new podcast from Recode and the Vox Media Podcast Network about the five major …
July 24, 2019 What keeps people on Snapchat?
In the social media world, Instagram has dominated as the most used app in 2019, but what happened to Snapchat? …
July 17, 2019 Why do you slide into DMs?
In 2019, what's really going down in people's Instagram and Twitter direct messages? How has the behavior and usage changed …
July 10, 2019 Is auto-replying ruining email?
Do you use Gmail's "smart reply" feature when answering e-mails? Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany explore the world of the …
June 26, 2019 Death Online: When celebrities die
In the third and final episode of the Death Online series, Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany analyze why people flock …
June 19, 2019 Death Online: Mourning a robot
What happens when your robot friend dies? Ashley Carman explores the grieving community surrounding the short-lived social robot Jibo. Learn …
June 12, 2019 Death Online: Planning your digital afterlife
What’s going to happen to all of your tweets, Instagram photos, and emails when you die? To kick off a …
June 5, 2019 Does deleting Instagram make you happier?
People are becoming more conscious of their phone and app usage to a point that tech companies, including Google and …
May 29, 2019 Why are you anonymous online?
Anonymous accounts can be essential for creatives on the internet and also a tool for others to detach themselves from …
May 22, 2019 Why do you promote your tweets?
Promoting a tweet has been a tool for brands, influencers, and entrepreneurs to spread their message, but why do regular …
May 15, 2019 Why do iPhone users judge people with green text bubbles?
Do you scoff at people who appear in iMessage as a green bubble? Or are you the person with the …
May 13, 2019 We’re back this week!
A new season of Why’d You Push That Button? is coming May 15th! Ashley Carman of The Verge and Kaitlyn …
Feb. 6, 2019 Should we be kind to our smart assistants?
Hosts Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany travel to Las Vegas for CES 2019 and chat about what it means to …
Jan. 9, 2019 Why do you use an exclusive dating app?
It’s the season finale of Why’d You Push That Button, and this week, hosts Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany discuss …
Jan. 2, 2019 Why do you ask questions anonymously?
My Instagram followers want to know whether I like veggie chips and how many push-ups I can do in a …
Dec. 26, 2018 Why do you post on fake holidays?
The Verge’s Why’d You Push That Button squad is in the holiday spirit, so in this week’s episode, hosts Ashley …
Dec. 19, 2018 Why do you send voice messages?
The people who love voice messages love voice messages. Vox.com’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and The Verge’s Ashley Carman aren’t those people. …
Dec. 12, 2018 How do you choose your emoji skin tone?
How do you choose which emoji skin tone to use? This week on Why’d You Push That Button, Vox’s Kaitlyn …
Nov. 28, 2018 What makes a place Instagram-worthy?
What makes you post a photo to Instagram? What space is truly worthy of a post? Are we willing to …
Nov. 21, 2018 What have you bought on Instagram?
It’s nearly Black Friday, and we’re gearing up with a podcast about shopping, of course. This week on Why’d You …
Nov. 14, 2018 Who is your Instagram boyfriend?
This week on Why’d You Push That Button, Vox.com’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and The Verge's Ashley Carman give the people behind …
Nov. 7, 2018 Why do you text like that?
This week, Vox’s Kaitlyn Tiffany and The Verge's Ashley Carman ask why we type the way we do. Are we …
Oct. 31, 2018 Why did you leave the group chat?
Some of us love our group chats. Others of us hate them and would love nothing more than to leave …
Oct. 24, 2018 When is it okay to record someone?
Sometimes you see something happening out in the world, and you feel compelled to record it. You just have to …
Oct. 17, 2018 Why do you delete your tweets?
Why’d You Push That Button is back for season 3, and our first episode is a relatively serious one. Vox’s …
May 15, 2018 How do you break up on Instagram?
The time has come, everyone. Summer is basically here, and Why’d You Push That Buttonis wrapping season two just in …
May 8, 2018 Have you turned off push notifications?
I’m deeming this year the year of the push notification solely because of the disaster that was Hawaii’s accidental ballistic …
May 1, 2018 Why did you unfollow me?
I’m calling this week’s episode of Why’d You Push That Button the “politics of unfollowing.” What makes someone click that …
April 24, 2018 How do you save your Tinder date's phone number?
On this special throwback episode of Why’d You Push That Button, Kaitlyn and Ashley revisit an old, one-off podcast episode …
April 17, 2018 Why is it so hard to build a successful music social network?
We’re chugging along with Why’d You Push That Button. We’ve got a few more episodes left in the season, and …
April 10, 2018 Why do you leave restaurant reviews?
Kaitlyn and I love food; take that above photo of us as proof. We’re often conflicted about leaving reviews for …
April 3, 2018 Why do you have a finstagram?
This week on Why’d You Push That Button, Kaitlyn and Ashley analyze fake Instagrams, aka finstas, to find some truth. …
March 27, 2018 Why did you ignore my Facebook event invite?
I know you only have a Facebook account for event invites, and I get it. This week on Why’d You …
March 20, 2018 Do you take selfies in public?
Do you take selfies? Do you take them in public? Do you watch other people take selfies in public and …
March 12, 2018 Does tech encourage ghosting?
Kaitlyn and I went to Texas, ate breakfast tacos, each gained five pounds of happy weight, and more or less …
March 6, 2018 Who owns a meme?
Our first episode of season 2 is about memes and the law, which sounds both boring and scary and is …
Dec. 23, 2017 Holiday Spectacular 2017
We've done it, fam. We've finished season one of the podcast. Because it's also the season of giving, and because …
Dec. 19, 2017 Why do you share your location?
We only have a week left in season one of Why'd You Push That Button?. So savor this episode. Really, …
Dec. 12, 2017 Why do you hold on to text threads?
This week on Why’d You Push That Button, we’ve been hypnotized by the romance of New York in December and …
Dec. 5, 2017 How do you send nudes?
This week on Why'd You Push That Button?, we're talking about sending nudes. Sending a naked photo of yourself in …
Nov. 28, 2017 Why do you rewatch your own Instagram stories?
Why'd You Push That Button? is back. We took a break last week to feast on Thanksgiving side dishes, and …
Nov. 14, 2017 Why do you stalk people on Venmo?
This week on Why’d You Push That Button, we’re getting into one of the real soap operas of modern life: …
Nov. 7, 2017 Why do you share streaming service passwords?
This week on Why’d You Push That Button, we’re talking about a series of buttons. Specifically, the buttons on your …
Oct. 31, 2017 Why do you like celebrity photos on Instagram?
We aren't stopping here at Why'd You Push That Button? HQ, aka The Verge's offices. We've still got more episodes, …
Oct. 24, 2017 Why do you turn on read receipts?
Here it is! The second episode of a new Verge podcast called Why’d You Push That Button. On this show, …
Oct. 17, 2017 Why do you Super Like people on Tinder?
Our podcast has arrived. You made it. Thank you. In Why'd You Push That Button, my friend and colleague Kaitlyn …
Oct. 11, 2017 Coming soon: Why'd You Push That Button?
Why’d You Push That Button? is a podcast about the choices technology forces us to make, featuring interviews with consumers, …