Should you’ve been feeling lonely over the previous few years, you’re not alone. In keeping with a 2023 report from the U.S. Surgeon Common, about half of U.S. adults reported feeling lonely, even earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic. The report warns that loneliness and isolation can result in bodily penalties, similar to a 29% elevated threat of coronary heart illness and a 32% elevated threat of stroke.

A brand new app referred to as Buffet is aiming to handle the loneliness epidemic by serving to customers meet new individuals by rapidly matching them with an individual and a spot to satisfy up (Suppose Tinder + OpenTable). The app is designed to take away the boundaries and hassles that include assembly new individuals after which looking for a spot to hang around. Buffet goals to assist customers meet likeminded people, whether or not they’re searching for a brand new pal, romantic associate or gymnasium buddy.

At launch, Buffet is offered in Los Angeles, with expansions deliberate for extra cities later this yr, beginning with New York Metropolis.

The app is the brainchild of Buffet CEO Wealthy Hacking and COO Sean Emery. The pair labored as monetary analysts earlier than beginning Buffet and got here up with the thought for the app whereas they had been on a enterprise journey in Dubai.

“We began, throwing this concept round, and thought, hey, there’s one thing there,” Hacking instructed For Millionaires. “We noticed the loneliness epidemic and noticed that the market was in want of one thing new. The huge incumbents have lacked innovation within the final decade. There was an apparent key alternative for disruption. So we put one foot in entrance of the opposite and stared constructing Buffet.”

To get began with Buffet, customers enter 5 of their pursuits, similar to bikes, horseback driving or studying. The app then asks a sequence of 5 inquiries to get a greater understanding of their persona and what sorts of locations and folks they might be all for.

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Buffet’s algorithm then pairs customers up. If , they’ll ship an invitation to the particular person they’re matched with; the matched pair can then message one another through the app to determine on a time and date to satisfy. Buffet is designed to permit individuals to do a lot of the speaking and getting-to-know-each-other in-person. Buffet encourages individuals to transcend a chatbox and digital communication and really meet up in the actual world.

If there’s a match with somebody, however the app-suggested assembly place isn’t an excellent match, customers can select from a listing of different locations that could be extra fascinating. And if customers aren’t all for their match companions, they’ll refresh and get matched with another person.

Buffet’s goal demographic is individuals who have been affected by the loneliness epidemic essentially the most: 18- to 25-year-olds. The app additionally needs to focus on younger professionals within the late to early 30s. Hacking believes that if Buffet can win over the common 25-year-old feminine skilled, it could actually win over anybody.

“The app might be free to make use of for the foreseeable future,” Hacking mentioned. “We wish to win over customers. We wish to construct belief and proper now, while you learn the market, individuals are annoyed with all the paywalls.”

By way of the app’s enterprise mannequin, Buffet will leverage promoting. The corporate plans to construct up an in-app neighborhood discussion board the place native companies would be capable of promote on to customers and promote comfortable hours and different reductions.

The app is at present solely accessible on iOS, however the firm plans to launch an Android app sooner or later.