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on 16 November 2015
In an attempt to find out why people are using a messaging app riddled with security flaws, I sat down with a couple of friends who use Kik Messenger. Here’s what they had to say.
This article is Part Two of a two-part series. Read Part One here
ANGIE: [laughs] My 16-year-old siblings almost only use Kik. So it was mostly for them.
ELLA: Because a Tinder connection wanted me to. I thought I had a chance of getting laid. [laughter]
ANGIE: Yes. I think everyone is. Suddenly everything is “in the cloud.”
ELLA: No, I have nothing to lose. [laughs]
ANGIE: Well, I think the 16-year-olds only have prepaid phones, so they can just use Kik when they’re on wi-fi and it’ll be free.
For people who aren’t 16, I have no idea why someone would use it. The emojis are even uglier. Maybe if you don’t have an iPhone, I get it.
ELLA: I don’t know his reason. But since I didn’t get laid I switched to SMS.
But on Kik I can see when someone has read my message. Then I can tell if they just don’t care enough to reply.
ANGIE: Yes. Some spam. And a guy who said he had a foot fetish and asked me to take pictures of my feet. Super random.
ANGIE: Hmmm, I don’t know. That’s one reason.
My friends in other countries use WhatsApp and a lot of my friends who travel (to communicate internationally). So they’re the only ones I’m talking to on WhatsApp.
This article is Part Two of a two-part series. See Part One.