When it comes to dating in your 50s, there’s a certain stereotype that persists. Outdated, analogue websites make you feel past it, blind dates can be excruciating and using apps designed for 20-year-olds is like trying to date in a different language.
Lumen, a stylish dating app pitched at over-50s, puts paid to all of that. Create a profile and you’ll see: the design is stylish and thoughtful, with an emphasis placed on interests, not selfies with tigers captured on gap years in Thailand.
In fact, every single photo that’s uploaded to Lumen is verified and each profile must include three pictures and a detailed bio, including an ‘I’m looking for…’ section. That means everyone is who they say they are, you know why they’re using the app and you can get to know users before you agree to meet in person.
On that theme, conversations are important. It’s not a numbers game where you get more matches the more you swipe – Lumen is more sincere than that. The app suggests matches based on shared interests, and nudges you to reach out to people it thinks you’d really enjoy meeting.
Opening messages have to be at least 50 characters long, so users can’t just send out a stream of ‘Hi!’ messages and then move on. It’s tough, love – but Lumen makes connecting easy.