Kik Messenger users are a diverse bunch, which is unsurprising given the hundred of millions of registered profiles that the popular chat application boasts. However, a vast number of Kik users are singles looking to chat with other individuals or in groups.
It shouldn’t startle many people. Popular online chat applications are a great way for prospective dates and even searching singles to find other people with similar interests and desires. If the rising trend of online matchmaking and dating services is any indicator, the digital era is only going to usher in more people who want to use online communication as a way of pursuing romance (or, inversely, reveling in the “single life!”)
No matter where you fall on the “single spectrum,” it remains a fact that you’re not alone when you’re on Kik Messenger, and there are plenty of chat groups out there for people who are either enjoying being single or who are looking to find a prospective partner. There are quite a few ways you can go about finding them, too, though the vast majority of methods will have you taking to the wider internet outside of Kik itself. In this article, we’ll be exploring some of the methods that users are embracing in order to connect with other singles, as well as provide some handy advice for keeping yourself safe in these communities. Your own privacy should always be at the forefront of your concerns when you’re connecting with people online, and this is especially true for people who identify as “single.”
First things first, however. Kik Messenger is not a dating app. It’s a wide open chat application that many users choose to use for dating and matchmaking, but as far as messaging platforms go, Kik’s potential is far wider. Because Kik isn’t a dating app, it doesn’t have many of the correlating features that you’ve come to expect based on other apps with that specialty. You won’t find matchmaking services in Kik, or profile information that’s slanted towards relationship-oriented users (though, you can certainly find such information through Kik.)
If Kik Messenger were truly a dating app, articles such as this one would be far less necessary. However, Kik’s millions of daily users do feature plenty of single users partaking in various angles of the single lifestyle. Therefore, we’ll spend some time exploring the tried-and-true methods of finding groups for singles on Kik.
Searching for Singles Within Kik Messenger
While Kik certainly isn’t a dating app, it does feature popular, third-party matchmaking services inside of its web browser. It goes beyond the simple “profile sharing” that will get more contacts on your list and instead tries to connect you with people that you don’t previously know. Like Kik, these services aren’t solely intended for singles-on-the-prowl, but they’re certainly not shying away from the potential they have to connect them.
From within the Kik web browser, search for the single word, “match.” You’ll find two Kik-optimized web services at the top of your search results, and both will handily try to connect you with other, like-minded Kik users. Neither is developed by Kik Messenger’s developers and therefore, both will require your permission to access. An added benefit is that both of the following apps ensure that your username will remain private until you choose to divulge it when you find someone that you’d like to chat with.
- Match & Chat is the first of these web services, and will require that you link your Kik account to its own website. You’ll be allowed to browse through other users’ listings until you find someone you’d like to chat with. Also, other users will be able to see your profile when doing their own browsing, after you’ve signed up.
- The second available service is Matcher, which functions much in the same way. You’ll browse the profiles of Matcher’s various users until you find someone that you’d like to chat with. If you find someone, and they agree to chat, only then will your username be released so that you can do so.
It’s easy to see how either of these services would benefit the single lifestyle, but they’re far from the only way to embrace that lifestyle on Kik Messenger. Below, we’ll examine some of the ways to find groups for singles on the wider internet, without the constraints of the Kik app.
Searching for Kik Singles on the Web
When you move away from Kik Messenger, you’re going to find a considerably wider ocean of possibility when it comes to finding chat groups for singles. Perhaps it goes without saying, but many of these search results are going to be of varying quality, ranging from reliable to “it’d be best not to click this.”
Since it would be less productive to examine every possible chat connection that you might find, we’ll instead go through a few of them, and elaborate on the things that you should look for, as well as the signs that a website is one that you should avoid. After all, many matchmaking services are practically nothing but a facade, full of deceptive personalities and scam attempts. It sounds almost paranoid to read it, but the proof is in user testimony and retrospective sense of caution that many users have after bad experiences with certain services.
Reddit is a great place to begin your search, and it remains one of the most user-concentrated hubs of internet activity that you’ll find. The range of discussions is limitless, but a simple search for “Kik singles” or “Kik groups” will lead you to plentiful subreddit forums and threads where you can connect with other singles on Kik.
It’s been mentioned in our writing about Kik Messenger before, but Tumblr can be a great place to not only find other singles but find other Kik users that share the same interests and pursuits as you. You won’t need an account in order to sign up for it, but in spite of many users having anonymous contact forms on their Tumblr blogs, it can still be a useful thing to do. Shape your search queries in the same way that you might on a large, social website like Reddit.
Kik-specific websites can offer a narrower selection of Kik singles and chat groups dedicated to the single life. Kik Friends claims to be one of the top Kik companion website available online, and the number of registered users would certainly suggest that this is the case. You can sort the listed users by gender, or simply choose to view all listed users. Kik Match functions much the same way and is actually aimed even more towards romantically inclined singles looking to connect with other people.
The list of available Kik-oriented websites (or dating websites oriented towards Kik users) is in the dozens, if not hundreds. The above two are among the most frequented, but expanding your search for other singles and chat groups for singles to larger platforms like Tumblr and Reddit can sometimes yield more up-to-date results.
Tips for Finding Chat Groups
A constant problem that plagues many online chat platforms is the predatory behavior of scam artists and manipulative third-party interests. They’re able to flourish so well (especially in pursuit of singles) because they know that you want something. Whether that “something” is to connect to other singles through shared experience or to find a romantic partner, there are plenty of pitfalls that have been built for you to fall into. For this reason, it’s especially important that singles be careful with their contact information–unique username, and everything else.
It’s been stated before, but it can’t quite be stated enough: Kik is as safe of a place as you choose to make it. As with any online chat service, I highly recommend that you keep personal information secretly safe, except around those people that you know well enough to trust with it. Kik muddies this rule slightly, in that you need to exchange your username with anyone that you want to actively chat with. However, you can still be selective about who you share that username with.
In short, take your time when you’re looking for other singles to chat with, on Kik Messenger and elsewhere. It’s very easy to become swept up in the excitement of connecting with new and interesting voices, and forget about the potential consequences of your personal information ending up where it truly shouldn’t.
While Kik Messenger certainly isn’t a dating app or a chat service exclusively for singles, it certainly remains a great place for singles to hang out. Whether you’re looking to find a partner or simply wanting to connect with other people who are enjoying the single lifestyle, Kik has the tools and features to keep it fun and exciting. Where you’re going to find the best source of contacts and groups for Kik is going to depend on you, and how you relate to your own experience as a single person. If you have your own stories about Kik Messenger and the “single life,” we’d love to hear about it in the comments below!