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Why'd You Push That Button?

49 EpisodesProduced by The VergeWebsite

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? The Verge’s Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany ask the hard, weird, and occasionally dumb questions about how your tiny tech… read more

49 Episodes | 2017 - 2020

Will virtual dates stick around after the pandemic?

July 15th, 2020


Why’d You Push That Button? is back for a special episode all about virtual dating in 2020. The pandemic has forced us all to stay at home when we can, which means if you want to go on a date, it may have to be done …

What does ‘being verified’ actually mean?

August 7th, 2019


I have sad news today: we’re publishing the season 4 finale of Why’d You Push That Button? The good news, though, is that it’s a really great episode! Today, Kaitlyn Tiffany and I (Ashley Carman) are asking what …

Why do you use Close Friends on Instagram?

July 31st, 2019


Instagram introduced its Close Friends feature, the ability for users to assign followers to a Close Friends list and only post Stories for them, …

What keeps people on Snapchat?

July 24th, 2019


In the social media world, Instagram has dominated as the most used app in 2019, but what happened to Snapchat? Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany …

Why do you slide into someone's DMs?

July 17th, 2019


In 2019, what's really going down in people's Instagram and Twitter direct messages? How has the behavior and usage changed over the past few years? Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman interview people who found love in …

Is auto-replying ruining email?

July 10th, 2019


Do you use Gmail's "smart reply" feature when answering e-mails? Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany explore the world of the automated email responses and how it makes us feel as both the sender and the recipient. 

Learn …

Death Online: When celebrities die

June 26th, 2019


In the third and final episode of the Death Online series, Ashley Carman and Kaitlyn Tiffany analyze why people flock to Twitter after a celebrity dies. Guests include a reporter who is all too familiar with the …

Death Online: Mourning a robot

June 19th, 2019


What happens when your robot friend dies? Ashley Carman explores the grieving community surrounding the short-lived social robot Jibo.

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Death Online: Planning your digital afterlife

June 12th, 2019


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 …

Does deleting Instagram make you happier?

June 5th, 2019


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 …

Why are you anonymous online?

May 29th, 2019


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 …

Why do you promote your tweets?

May 22nd, 2019


Promoting a tweet has been a tool for brands, influencers, and entrepreneurs to spread their message, but why do regular users promote their tweets? …

Why do iPhone users judge people with green text bubbles?

May 15th, 2019


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 …

We’re back this week!

May 13th, 2019


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 …

Should we be kind to our smart assistants?

February 6th, 2019


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 …

Why do you use an exclusive dating app?

January 9th, 2019


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 …

Why do you ask questions anonymously?

January 2nd, 2019


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 do you post on fake holidays?

December 26th, 2018


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 …

Why do you send voice messages?

December 19th, 2018


The people who love voice messages love voice messages.’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 …

How do you choose your emoji skin tone?

December 12th, 2018


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 …

What makes a place Instagram-worthy?

November 28th, 2018


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 …

What have you bought on Instagram?

November 21st, 2018


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 …

Who is your Instagram boyfriend?

November 14th, 2018


This week on Why’d You Push That Button,’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 …

Why do you text like that?

November 7th, 2018


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 …

Why did you leave the group chat?

October 31st, 2018


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 …

When is it okay to record someone?

October 24th, 2018


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 …

Why do you delete your tweets?

October 17th, 2018


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: …

How do you break up on Instagram?

May 15th, 2018


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 …

Have you turned off push notifications?

May 8th, 2018


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 …

Why did you unfollow me?

May 1st, 2018


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 …

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

April 24th, 2018


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 …

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

April 17th, 2018


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 …

Why do you leave restaurant reviews?

April 10th, 2018


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 …

Why do you have a finstagram?

April 3rd, 2018


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 …

Why did you ignore my Facebook event invite?

March 27th, 2018


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” …

Do you take selfies in public?

March 20th, 2018


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 …

Does tech encourage ghosting?

March 12th, 2018


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 …

Who owns a meme?

March 6th, 2018


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 …

Holiday Spectacular 2017

December 23rd, 2017


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 …

Why do you share your location?

December 19th, 2017


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 …

Why do you hold on to text threads?

December 12th, 2017


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 …

How do you send nudes?

December 5th, 2017


This week on Why'd You Push That Button?, we're talking about sending nudes. Sending a naked photo of yourself doesn't need to be complicated, but with hundreds of thousands of messaging apps to choose from, deciding …

Why do you rewatch your own Instagram stories?

November 28th, 2017


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 …

Why do you stalk people on Venmo?

November 14th, 2017


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 …

Why do you share streaming service passwords?

November 7th, 2017


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 …

Why do you like celebrity photos on Instagram?

October 31st, 2017


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 …

Why do you turn on read receipts?

October 24th, 2017


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, …

Why do you Super Like people on Tinder?

October 17th, 2017


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 …

Coming soon: Why'd You Push That Button?

October 11th, 2017


Why’d You Push That Button? is a podcast about the choices technology forces us to make, featuring interviews with consumers, developers, friends, …

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