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.
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, Kaitlyn and Ashley talk to Ashley's boyfriend Chris and get a final answer about his butt-liking. They also talk to a certified Instagram influencer named Lisa Ramos, our dear friend and Verge collaborator Lizzie Plaugic, and our Editorial Director at The Verge, Helen Havlak. By the end of this episode, you should understand why you double tapped that photo of Kim Kardashian and why you keep seeing content tangentially related to Kim. You should also have a clearer understanding of what a like means, in a philosophical sense, and how to feel about your boyfriend liking a model's butt. We grappled with these questions so you don't have to.
We also have an email now: email@example.com. Email us your ideas, your critiques, your thoughts, and, if you're feeling bold, an audio recording of a button pushing that went wrong. We're hoping to do a Thanksgiving special in which we play back your audio files and read emails. Really, we just want to have a good time.