Do Thirst Traps Work? Guys Explain Why They Love Taking Your Bait


If you say you’ve never fallen prey to a thirst trap on Instagram or Tinder at least once, well, you’re only lying to yourself. But if you insist on pleading the Fifth and pretending you don't know what I'm talking about, a thirst trap is basically a photo that’s meant to showcase your lesser-known physical attributes. That photo of you making a pouty face while looking up as the camera peers down on your cleavage? That’s a thirst trap. Sure, your closest friends might call you out on your below-the-belt pander for likes and comments but the truth is that guys love thirst traps. Here's why.

It’s a common misconception that they're a desperate cry for help. Women should never be slut-shamed simply for owning their sexuality. A woman posting a thirst trap — otherwise known as an extremely attractive photo of herself — is a woman who's confident about her body and happy with who she is. Not only will a guy probably find your confidence incredibly sexy, but he’ll also be intrigued by what he probably views as a sense of adventure or rebellion.

As someone whose mom follows her on Instagram, I try to keep my profile on there as PG-13 as possible. But dating apps are fair game, right? Still, before I make a few adjustments to my Tinder profile, I want to know exactly why guys find thirst traps appealing. So I asked — here’s what they had to say.

This guy appreciates a hot photo, but doesn’t want you to give it all away.

— Justin, 28

This guy’s in it for the package deal.

— Jake, 34

This guy is into it but probably won’t ask you out any time soon.

— Chad, 29

For this guy, it’s just human nature.

— Daniel, 27

This guy likes surprises.

— Jonathan, 26

Why can't it be both, Jonathan?

This guy’s here to learn something new.

— Mo, 30

(I had to explain to Mo what a thirst trap was but once I did, he was sure he'd approve of them.)

Most guys admit that how they feel about any given thirst trap is entirely subjective. Maybe they're just swiping through Tinder after work looking for a good time, or maybe their crush just blessed their timeline with an Instagram photo worthy of a triple-digit like score. Either way, they confirm that the thirst trap is rarely ever received negatively and, honestly, that's great news for me and my Tinder matches.

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