There is no doubt that many people now use social media to date. Apart from all the dating apps and websites around, people have also been known to find romance on social media apps. But how about Kik dating?
Believe it or not, the Kik Messenger app is a really good place to find romance, too. Of course, it is up to you how you use it, and nothing is ever guaranteed. But many people do not make the most of Kik Messenger just because they do not know how.
So, the best way to ensure that you are making the most out of this popular instant messaging app is to become aware of everything that you could do with it. Then and only then, will you be able to decide what you do with it.
Is Kik Messenger a Dating App?
Strictly speaking, Kik Messenger is not a dating app. Not in the sense of Tinder and other more niche dating apps.
Having said that, you could use Kik Messenger to find dates. In fact, you might prefer to use Kik because it has its own advantages.
Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time. – Maya Angelou
What sets Kik Messenger apart from Tinder and other apps like it, it is that it can reduce the pressure that some people feel when they use dating apps.
And that is the main reason why you might find that Kik Messenger is better than dating apps. For many people out there, Kik Messenger does not necessarily replace dating apps but actually can act as a compliment to them.
The difference between having a profile on a dating app and having one on Kik Messenger is that the former lets other users know that you are looking for dating and romance, while the latter can say a lot of other things as well.
You do not need just one reason to be on Kik Messenger. You could be there for a variety of different (and evolving, why not?) reasons: for examples, catching up with your friends, meeting exciting new people and making new friends, finding people you have something in common with, joining in Kik parties, and even dating.
And there is no real reason why you should not use your Kik Messenger app for different purposes, even at the same time.
Think about the Kik Messenger app as a platform that can be used for many different reasons. You can talk to people you know (remember that you can add all your contacts by turning on the address match feature on Kik). But you can talk to new people (even randomly).
Many people combine their Kik Messenger usage with their social media usage. They do this by adding people that you meet through social media that you feel that you have plenty in common with to your Kik Messenger friends list. This is a great way to get to know new and exciting people in more detail.
So, why not invite people you meet through dating apps to join Kik Messenger, so you can chat to them and get to know them better through instant messaging before you decide whether you would like to meet up with them in real life or not.
It is up to you if you want to combine Kik Messenger with your social media presence or your dating apps. But know that people have been known to meet romantic partners through social media platforms (apps and websites) like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Beware of Fake Profiles and Catfishing
Most people by now should be familiar with the term catfishing. But just in case you have never come across it or watched the documentary and the MTV series that spun off it, here is what catfishing is.
Catfishing is when someone pretends to be someone else online and convinces other people they are not who they really are. To do this, the use other people’s pictures and they mostly refuse to go on camera or, sometimes, even talk on the phone.
Unfortunately, despite the growing awareness of this phenomenon, catfishing continues to affect people every day. The good news is that it is actually very easy to combat.
If you find yourself developing feelings for someone you only know from online interactions, be it through social media sites and/or messaging back and forth on the Kik Messenger app, proceed with caution.
You do not want to alienate new people you have just met by coming across as someone overly and unduly cautious. But, unfortunately, not everyone online is who they claim they are.
It does not matter how many pictures of them you have seen. You could be talking to someone completely different than who you think you are talking to.
Although this is not always the case with all the people who engage in catfishing, it is not unusual for them to pretend they have a different gender identity or age. So, you may be thinking that you are chatting with a young girl when you could be talking to an older man.
But even if the person you are talking to has the same gender identity and similar age to what they claim they are, they may look completely different to what their pictures may show.
Remember that Kik Messenger users could be as young as 13 years old or as old as… well, as old as people get these days.
So, do not share any private information about yourself or anybody close to you with someone whom you have never met in real life. If you want to get closer to someone you have met online, you could use video messaging to verify that they are who they say they are and look like they claim to do. Be sure to check that they are the age they claim they are, too.
This is how to use Kik Messenger for dating purposes. If you have any feedback about this article or would like to share your own experiences using Kik Messenger for dating, please leave us a message in the comments section below.