NCBI ROFL: Great sexpectations.

By ncbi rofl | April 8, 2011 7:00 pm

Sexpectations: Male College Students’ Views about Displayed Sexual References on Females’ Social Networking Web Sites.

“STUDY OBJECTIVE: Sexual reference display on a social networking web site (SNS) is associated with self-reported sexual intention; females are more likely to display sexually explicit content on SNSs. The purpose of this study was to investigate male college students’ views towards sexual references displayed on publicly available SNSs by females. DESIGN: Focus groups. SETTING: One large state university. PARTICIPANTS: Male college students age 18-23. INTERVENTIONS: All tape recorded discussion was fully transcribed, then discussed to determine thematic consensus. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: A trained male facilitator asked participants about views on sexual references displayed on SNSs by female peers and showed examples of sexual references from female’s SNS profiles to facilitate discussion. RESULTS: A total of 28 heterosexual male participants participated in seven focus groups. Nearly all participants reported using Facebook to evaluate potential female partners. Three themes emerged from our data. First, participants reported that displays of sexual references on social networking web sites increased sexual expectations. Second, sexual reference display decreased interest in pursuing a dating relationship. Third, SNS data was acknowledged as imperfect but valuable. CONCLUSION: Females who display sexual references on publicly available SNS profiles may be influencing potential partners’ sexual expectations and dating intentions. Future research should examine females’ motivations and beliefs about displaying such references and educate women about the potential impact of these sexual displays.”

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  • Shae

    “educate women about the potential impact of these sexual displays.”

    … Gawd, that sounds awfully paternal. Maybe it’s the guys who should go frak themselves if they don’t get what they expect, instead of the women who need to once again alter their behavior to protect the status quo of men being jerks and being sanctioned for doing so.

  • Jerk (because I am a man)


    Calm down there Shae. Many women believe that showing off their goods will help them get into a relationship, which is typically only true if that relationship is very short term. This study is just a way to inform women that maybe not making “sexual references” is a smart move if you’re looking for a partner.

    Also, us guys tend to frak ourselves quite often, usually once a day, sometimes more, sometimes less.

  • Shae

    “Many women believe that showing off their goods will help them get into a relationship, which is typically only true if that relationship is very short term.”

    Many women want sex or a short term relationship. Some other women don’t give a damn what you think, especially if you’re going to bail on the long term over a facebook page. They don’t need educated.

  • Batgirl

    I agree that part about educating women should read ‘educate men on why they don’t need to be soooo terrified of openly sexual women’.

  • Matt B.

    The point, Shae, is that women are saying one thing and men are hearing another. The “education” would be geared toward getting women to realize that they will get something they didn’t ask for, because the men are getting the wrong message. No matter who you are, you should tailor your message so that it will be interpreted the way you want it interpreted.

    Batgirl, guys who are into casual sex aren’t afraid of these women, they think these women are a perfect match for them. But men who want a long-term relationship are afraid to get into one with a woman who seems slutty, because she doesn’t seem to want the same thing.


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