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A Love Letter To Pushing Buttons

We love buttons. They're everywhere, and they're super fun to push. Hey, you know what would be cool? A button you could press that would like...have your favorite stuff delivered right to your door. OH WAIT, THEY HAVE THAT NOW — IT'S CALLED THE AMAZON DASH BUTTON. All the more reason to love buttons!

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4. Elevator buttons of all kinds.

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They come in all shapes and sizes. Well, sort of...generally round and small-ish, but still. They give a special sort of satisfaction that just begs you to press all the other buttons. But you mustn't press them!

Oh! The temptation...

5. The automatic door button.

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Look, we've all done it. All of us. Stop lying. You've pressed this button before, either out of choice or necessity. And it felt good. It's usually a bigger button, and it just gives such a satisfying clunk. We love you, buddy. You're a great button and you do so much good in the world.

6. Bubble wrap.

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Honorable mention goes to bubble wrap! Lil' plastic button-like guys that are so fun to press and pop, whether you're at home or on the go! Yeah baby, bubble wrap!

7. The TV remote control power button.

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This button wields literal power. Push it, and your whole world opens to magical new possibilities.

And commercials. But hey, they're a necessary evil, so...

8. The volume-down button on your keyboard when you accidentally unplug your headphones at work, and you freak out.

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Bless you, little volume-down button, aka F11, aka "Shut Up, Please," aka "The Silencer," aka "OhCrapOhCrapOhCrap," aka "Haha Oopsies."

9. The pedestrian crossing button.

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These little metal fellas seem to have gone the way of the dodo bird, unfortunately — replaced by bigger, better, more visible and "easy-to-touch" buttons. Phooey. They would give such a delightful little "click" when you'd press 'em.


12. Gas pump octane selection buttons.

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If you've ever pumped your own gas, then you've encountered the octane selection button. The "thunk" they make is's really good. It's really good, guys.

13. The freshness seal.

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*THWACK* goes the freshness seal. Or maybe it's more of a *POP*? Either way, it lets you know your food is fresh. Plus, it's fun to pretend to do Morse code on it. Praise you, freshness seal.

14. The big red button of your dreams.

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What if it like...released a whole bunch of puppies into your bedroom? That would be great. What a great button that would be. Man, they ought to invent that.

15. The ol' stop/eject button on cassette decks.


There was something so great about pressing it the first time to stop your tape. The loud "CLICK" made you feel like the button really had some authority. Plus, it DOUBLED as an eject button. That's some space-age stuff right there.

Yep, ya just don't get that with CD players or the uTunes or internet robot music or "trap house" devices or whatever the kids listen to today. Shame.

Hey guess what? There's a NEW BUTTON in town, and it's called the Amazon Dash Button! Press that puppy once, and your favorite stuff gets delivered to your door before you know it. Simple as that. It's...probably the most satisfying button to EVER EXIST.