The Ultimate Guide To Online Dating

The app Hornet, which caters to the gay male community, has seen a 30-percent increase in social feed engagement since social distancing measures began in mid-March, according to CEO Christof Wittig. And the dating app Tinder reported that it saw more engagement on March 29 than on any other day in its history, with more than 3 billion users swiping to connect with people, according to an April 1 press release. In 2020, online dating revenue in the U.S. amounted to 602 million U.S. dollars, and it is projected to reach 755 billion U.S. dollars by 2024. The number of users is also expected to see an annual increase, with 53.3 million Americans expected to use internet dating services in 2024, up from 44.2 million users in 2020. That year, paying customers accounted for approximately 15 percent of U.S. online dating users. While many dating sites and apps are free, some platforms use a freemium pricing model that supports online purchases.

  • Some online dating apps have been working on implementing new features to prevent catfishing—other companies are even producing AI intelligence to fend against it.
  • The revenue from this industry and its frequency of use are astronomical.
  • Even if the person you’re meeting volunteers to pick you up, avoid getting into a vehicle with someone you don’t know and trust, especially if it’s the first meeting.
  • OkCupidwas created in 2004 by a group of friends from Harvard University.

When you engage in social events where you’re likely to meet new people, the pool of those who are single and looking is much smaller than when you’re on an app or dating site where everyone is in the same boat as you. Research shows, however, there are negative side effects of online dating, particularly for young women. People cite the obvious reasons for being on dating apps, such as seeking a long-term partner or a sexual encounter; the split is fairly even.


The Foundation has traditionally held town hall styled meetings with the community to discuss topical matters, dubbed Kili-logues. In the era of Covid-19, these community conversations have been held virtually via Zoom, to keep our community informed, empowered and acting in concert. It is our hope and intention to continue to provide trusted and clear information in ways that connect each of us to our humanity. As a community based organisation, we serve our members and the greater community by providing them with what’s needed to deal with our current and future new situations.

Past COVID-19 Virtual Kili-logues:

Covid-19 Response Plan

Alongside the rest of the world, COVID19 threatens us, our families and our neighborhood.Our community is committed to working with the County of Nairobi and the National Emergency Response Committee to flatten the curve of this virus in our ward.

We agree to take the following nine actions:

  1. Mobilize and train street marshals to monitor and keep records on any residents that may be sick and require assistance.
  2. Design and share public education and awareness posters in public spaces and on our social media platforms to keep us informed and safe.
  3. Establish portable hand-washing points at key points along our streets, in our malls and markets and at our bus and matatu stages.
  4. Organise disinfectants cleaning of high traffic places in the neighborhood.
  5. Advocate for all Kilimani areas to have public water supplies.
  6. Actively monitor all public places and advice each other to only use public and private facilities that are observing social distancing and have handwashing points for visitors.
  7. Directly advise public and private facilities (especially markets, malls, entertainment places, public transport stages and places of worship) in our ward to observe the mandatory and voluntary guidelines issued by the National Emergency Response Committee.
  8. Establish a community fund to purchase masks and gloves for public health workers and to fund these activities in the ward.
  9. Actively share this plan and learn from other resident associations.

A COVID19 response team WhatsApp group is immediately being established with a shared cloud folder and PAYBILL to coordinate these activities with our Sub-County Public Health Team.

Street Marshall Initiative (Kili-Kaptains)

We have an initiative to ensure that residents stay safe and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic period and after it. With support from the local authorities – Kilimani Police, NCC Ward Administrator, Sub County Public Health Office, Kilimani Area Chief, and others, we have deployed Street Marshals (Kili-Kaptains) to your street. Kili-Kaptains are residents of Kilimani and members of the Foundation. 

They have volunteered to make and stay in contact with each compound, apartment block or resident’s association in their immediate vicinity. The initiative’s aim is to share and collect accurate factual information regarding what is wanted and needed on the ground such as:

  • health
  • security
  • water
  • emergencies during the pandemic curfew hours or lockdown
  • general observance of good community practices

Kilimani Security Alert

Over the last few months we have had several reports of break-ins. A number of these, especially at night, have been through  balconies while a few have accessed entry through main doors.

The burglars have been reported to steal handy electronics like laptops, phones and other easily movable items.

Most parts of Kilimani have been affected and reports have been made to the police. As investigations are going on, we would like to share a number of tips from our security team.


  • Courts are advised to have an arrangement where the guards can call residents them when they have guests (guard can even flash and you call back).
  • People who rent their premises for short stay should be very careful and possibly replace padlocks after every stay as there is a possibility of keys being copied.
  • Fix a padlock ring  on the inside of your balcony door and lock it with a padlock.
  • Get 2 long metal rods or timber pieces about 40 mm square, the width of your door and place them in the jambs at night.
  • Vet your house helps (we recommend the Dhobi Womens Network).

Key Contacts

Kilimani Police Station 0725357774
Dhobi Womens Network 0728751705

Kilimani Police: Kind-hearted Cops Shelter Stranded Lady

Do you remember Friday night’s storm? It was an heavy downpour, chilly water pouring down to cool off the land. Now imagine, being out in that cold, without any waterproof garments, with your belongings in a little backpack.

I was dropping the BFF Ivory home, when my headlights struck a figure sitting outside the adjoining gate. At first, I thought it was one of the guys who hang around the area, but was worried that it was cold and rainy. Ivory quickly corrected me – it was a woman, in short hair.

It felt strange to see a woman sitting out in the cold rain, and I could sense she wasn’t OK. So we parked on the side, and Ivory went to check on her. After drawing the story out of her, in tears, she explained that she was a domestic worker, and her employer had kicked her out of the home for allegedly misplacing/losing her medication. We verified the story with the night guard at the apartment block that she had come out of.

I tried to convince her that we were good people, after calling an Uber and trying to get her to a shelter with Rescuebnb – Kenya, where I knew she had could get a warm bed and a hot meal. She wouldn’t budge – mistrustful of Nairobians purporting to be good people. As we were about to give up, the Uber driver spoke to her, and it turned out that they spoke the same dialect. He convinced her to get into the car and drive with us to Kilimani Police, if she did not want the alternative accommodation.

We eventually ended up leaving her at Kilimani police, who graciously accommodated her overnight. She left the next morning to one of her family member who lives in Githogoro, Kiambu.

When I spoke to Mildred this morning, she had arrived back home in Busia, thankful that someone watched out for her. She was still in tears over the incident.

If your name is Shiko, and you live on Argwings Kodhek grove, near Yaya, shame on you. This is no way to treat your domestic workers, let alone a middle aged woman, leaving her to the mercy of the elements, and the strange creeps that lurk in the night.

This story was posted by KPF member Naomi Mutua  on her facebook page on March 5 at 2:52pm 


Area Code: A look into Kilimani

KTN journalist interviews Board Member Sara Reeves and Executive Director Constant Cap as well as other long time Kilimanians as he looks into past, present and future of Kilimani.