People have been left out of group chats, they have been affected and have been embarrassed by the fact that their texts appear as green bubbles in iMessage. For years, Apple has turned the text bubbles of all non-iPhone users while maintaining the blue bubbles of iPhone users, and has created some drama. In the first episode of season 4 of why did you press that button? my co-host Kaitlyn Tiffany and I discussed why iPhone users judge their green bubble friends. Friends whose group chat was tense because one of them had an Android phone, to the point that the Android user was left out of the chat. Then we talked to a woman who had to leave iMessage altogether to keep in touch with her best friend after she switched to an Android phone.
Finally, we talk to two experts about what is really behind all this drama. Sarah Allred, associate professor in the department of psychology at Rutgers University, specializes in color perception and explains how the green and blue bubbles make us feel deeply in our unconscious mind. The executive editor of Verge Dieter Bohn, also participates in the program to explain how messaging protocols work and the real reason why he thinks that iMessage has a different color. It is possible that Apple is not so sinister after all.
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