Joseph Serian was used to the duck-face pout of the young twenty-something girls on Match.com. They were half his age.
When he messaged them -- and he rarely did -- they never replied. After all, he was a 65-year-old optometrist who moved to West Palm Beach in the mid-80s after six of his bargain contact lens delivery companies went bankrupt in Missouri and Ohio. He had separated from his wife of 21 years (with whom he has two daughters) in 2008. He had been on a few coffee dates with middle-aged women since then, but says the women doted too much on their grandchildren.
Then there was Ania Sobura. According to her profile she was 25, new to the area, and looking to meet new people. There was a black and white photo of her smiling, her index finger seductively hanging from her lower lip. In another shot, she was walking along a beach barefoot and in a short dress with her wavy light brown hair falling around her shoulders. After clicking through her online album, the single doctor sent her a long flirty email. Two months later he would regret doing so.