A study found that men tend to think something positive will come from sending and receiving sexy text messages, but women have more negative expectations about it.
The study is one of the first to look at what people expect when they sext and how those expectations could influence sexting behavior.
The study looked at almost 300 college students and asked them about their sexting behavior, as well as their views about the outcomes of sexting. Sexting was defined as sending sexually explicit pictures or text messages by phone or through social networking sites.
About 80 percent reported receiving and 67 percent reported sending, sexts through text messages, while about 46 percent reported sending and 64 percent reported receiving sexts with pictures.
Most people said they did not sext frequently--less than three times a month. Men reported sending and receiving sexts more often than women.
People reported both positive and negative sextpectancies. Common positive sextpectancies were: "sexting makes one feel sexy," "sexting makes one excited," and "sexting makes it easier to flirt."
Common negative sextpectancies were: "Sexting makes one embarrassed" and "sexting makes one feel uncomfortable."
Men reported more positive sextpectancies about receiving sexts, while women reported more negative ones. Single people also reported more negative sextpectancies about receiving sexts than those who were dating, living together or married.
One reason women have more negative "sexpectations" may be because of the idea that society has a double standard for women. It's more acceptable for men to be promiscuous than women.