There are 80 million singles over 50 years old in North America and western Europe alone—a population about the size of Germany.
Lumen, the first dating app developed specifically for those 50 and over, has emerged to help them find one another.
Lumen was cofounded by Charly Lester, a dating-industry expert, and Antoine Argouges, who has worked at the dating app Bumble and dating network Badoo. To fight against bots and create a safe environment, they require all Lumen users to take a selfie as a verification to prove they are the person in their photos.
And that’s important, because while Lumen resembles all the leading dating apps—you’re prompted during the quick registration process to upload at least three photos, write a bit about yourself and describe what you’re looking for in a mate—there’s one change that makes all the difference. You have the option to immediately chat with someone who interests you, rather than waiting on a match. You can start six conversations a day. Your first message has to be over 50 characters—“Hey” won’t cut it here. The person you messaged has 72 hours to respond. While waiting, you trade messages with other potential crushes or join groups that operate like chat rooms, allowing you to connect with people who like sports, home and garden, travel, and more. Lumen gives you the option to add details like your height, ethnicity, political leanings, whether you’re active, and if you have kids. The app is free and lets you filter potential connections by gender, age, and distance. Upgrading to Lumen Premium allows you to filter matches further using the same details. Not religious? Prefer nonsmokers? No problem.