Would You Press the Button?

February 4, 2024
David Sunnyside

Would You Press the Button is a free-to-play online mind game that plays with your morality by offering you a wish with a drawback. For example, if you could teleport, it would come with a price; you’d lose your memories each time you used it. Or what if you could become a millionaire, but that meant your loved ones would suffer? It’s an intriguing way to think about the impact our choices have on others.

The button was first launched as an April Fools’ Day prank, but it has since gained significant traction. Each user that presses the button is awarded a piece of flair, with the color denoting how much time was left on the clock when they clicked. The popularity of the button raises questions about how Internet users can be engaged in public policy-making and citizen science.

You can make your own version of the button by putting names of people you know into two columns; one for boys and one for girls. Then on each column write actions they could do to the person, like “hug”, “kiss”, “say 'I love you'”, and so on. You can then ask them to choose which action they’ll do to someone they don’t know. This is a great activity to do with your friends or classmates, and it’s a fun way to talk about the concept of ethical dilemmas.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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