I used Lumosity for two years and had an annual membership. I signed up because I believe in keeping my mind sharp, and there's a history of dementia in my family - I wanted to take action in my 30's.
I had access to about 25 different games to play, that focused on different areas of the brain - memory, mathematics, forming words, etc. The games were fun and pretty enjoyable - a memory game where you work in a coffee shop and have to remember all your customers' first names was especially challenging and rewarding. However, I didn't notice that my mind functioned better after playing - I didn't remember more things, or remember more quickly.
Lumosity gives you dashboards that tell you how you are doing against your peers (people in your age group).
And while I initially found this inspiring, so I played every day to see how my scores matched up, over a few months I felt overwhelmed and depressed about "not taking care of my mind." In the end, I decided the games were not fun enough or effective enough to keep paying this money every year, so when my second year of subscription ended, I canceled.
It's possible Lumosity will make the games more compelling or the community will become friendlier and softer.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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