” read the Ok Cupid message from Odin’s Thirst Trap, a 20-year-old blond living in Stockholm.
“It’s what all the kids here use.” I was traveling to Sweden to write and to get laid, not necessarily in that order.
Not for nothing, Kik flies under the parental radar.
Unlike Snapchat, another app for sharing evanescent moments, most adults have never heard of Kik; unlike i Message, Kik doesn’t allow parents to monitor their kids’ messages from their own i Phones or i Pads.
Moreover, Kik eludes parental monitoring software, so the only way that parents can check their kid’s Kik account is to sign into it on their kid’s device.
I prepped for my trip by checking the average April temperature, booking an Air Bn B in Hornstull (“the Brooklyn of Stockholm”), changing my Ok Cupid location from New York City to Stockholm, and joining international Tinder.
I downloaded an app for the T-Bana, the Stockholm Metro, because it was free.
Kik’s ideal if you’re having an affair, or if you’re looking for one; it identifies people only by their profiles and it allows you to message anyone with a public profile.
It is precisely the kind of technology that gives parents the howling fantods — or would, if they knew about it.
Launched in 2009 by Canadian tech company Interactive, Kik is unusual for its anonymity.
You don’t have to provide a telephone number to create an account, and the app automatically deletes messages after a short, undisclosed amount of time.