Review: Modern Dating for Older Couples

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In today’s dating market, there is a demand for mobility as well as increased ease of use. Gone are the days where people have the time or the patience to sit at a desktop computer and pick away at potential matches on a dating website. Though said sites still exist, and still draw in quite a few customers, the trend these days is towards dating companies that can successfully migrate the age-old dating model to a mobile base. Dating sites such as Tinder have done this with relative success. But merely making the business model mobile is not enough in today’s world. Once the move towards mobile sites was made, the same battle dating sites had and continue to have on a desktop format are waged. This battle involves the different niches of dating sites, one of which Lumen competes in. In the case of Lumen, the niche is in regards to a mature audience.

Lumen is often described as an evolved Tinder. Evolved here merely means going a step forward into the niche markets. While Tinder generally handles matches of all ages, Lumen takes on the mature audience niche or people over the age of 50. Lumen handles this market exclusively. Older users seeking to match with younger users, or younger users seeking to match with older users need to go elsewhere. The only audience allowed is aged 50 or above.

Lumen acts like other dating sites. The only real difference is that it operates solely as an app, both for Android and IOS, downloaded simply from either the respective app store. It has a matching algorithm that forms the basis of its business, as do all other dating sites, and experiences are relatively similar to other dating sites as well. It acts very similar to Tinder in how it operates, given the particular restrictions the mobile format has, and the prospects touch screens have in working a site. This means the experience with the app is more modern than other sites serving the same niche but on desktop. It is fast-paced, and rather fitting to a world adapted to a mobile style.

Pros & Cons

Free Registration
Detailed Verification making bots and fake accounts nearly impossible
Anyone can message, regardless of free or paid account
Messages are limited, even with a paid account
First messages must be 50 words or more
Complicated verification system for an elderly audience

Pricing Plans

Free (limited features)


Premium (advanced features)

1 month

Free services Vs. Paid services

Free services
Messaging (5 daily messages)
Paid services
Messaging (4 more daily messages on top of the 5 free messages)
Seeing who favorited you

Easy to Use

The Lumen app is relatively easy to use. Anyone can see anyone else’s photos, so it is simple to navigate through matches. Messages are free between users, though photos cannot be sent through messages. Given the mobile format, the app is not as cumbersome as a desktop application. Instead, the app provides a list of matches. While it is labeled the Tinder for elders, it does not have the swipe feature Tinder has. Rather, users scroll through a list of matches.

Lumen offers a few special features. Any profile can be favorited simply by clicking on a star at the bottom of their profile. Also, unique to Lumen, first-contact messages are classified as “icebreakers.” These first messages have to be 50 words or more. The message is also given 72 hours for the other person to respond. After 72 hours, the message disappears, possibly filtering out unwanted messages from a user’s inbox.

Search Functions

Search functions are fairly limited with Lumen. While searches can be narrowed down by age and location, there is very little more customization. Matches are made by the system based on location. The system then allows the user to scroll through their list of profiles. Only profiles with a photo can message others, and only 5 messages can be sent a day if the user has a free account. Messages have a higher limit with a premium account. Anyone can begin the first message, though the first message must be 50 words or more and be responded to within 72 hours.

Safety & Security

As with other dating sites, Lumen encrypts all data using modern encryption software. Also, with the required selfie verification, it is nearly impossible to have bots or fake accounts. Moderators are present to ban accounts that break the rules or harass other users. Any harassment can also be reported to customer support via email. Any questions regarding accounts or the dating site can be found on the FAQ on the Lumen app.


Overall, is a legit dating site for elderly people. It specializes in only an elderly audience, which does limit its customer-base but allows it to better focus on the particular niche it has chosen. is fairly new, only becoming a dating app in 2018, but it has successfully risen through the ranks to be a competitor with the other dating apps on the market. It does mobile right and continues to serve an audience increasingly mobile and fast-paced.

Questions & Answers

How to delete your Lumen app?

As with all apps, deleting is rather simple. On IOS, you hold the app until it starts shaking. After that, you can move it to the trash bin and delete it. On Android, it is the same process, though you move the app to where it says uninstall. This will not delete your lumen account on the app, however. That needs to be done either through the app or through the subscription tab on Google Play or the App Store.

Who owns the Lumen dating app?

The Lumen dating app is owned by Badoo Trading Limited, a dating-focused social network.

How much does the Lumen dating app cost?

The app is free. Premium costs $3.99 a month.

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