Do Thirst Traps Work? Women Weigh In On Those Shirtless Tinder Pics

I'd love to be a fly on the wall when a dude is picking out photos for Tinder and is like, "Hmmm, this shirtless mirror selfie in a grimy bathroom is definitely working for me." You know the guys I'm talking about, right? Their dating app profiles and Instagram feeds are essentially ads for their abs. If you're a gym rat bro wondering if thirst traps really work, I did you a favor — I asked around to see what women really think of your pics.

Personally, I'm not into Tinder profiles that make muscles the main focus. Like, I get it, you lift. I'm not impressed unless you're also doing emotionally heavy-lifting. (For example, have you ever felt comfortable expressing a feeling? And no, quoting Drake doesn't count.)

But if it's an occasional pic of you hanging out by a lake on your family's vacation last summer, and wow, you just so happen to be in swim trunks? Not mad about it. Not mad at all.

Since I already asked guys what they think about girls' thirst traps, I figured it was time to turn the tables. I talked to nine women about those grimy mirror pics and whether or not your Tinder thirst trap is a turn-on or a turn-off.

This woman doesn't mind photos of you playing sports, but hates your straight-up muscle shots.

— Jane, 25

This woman says gym photos are fine — up to a certain point.

— Erin, 24

This woman only likes them as jokes.

— Alexia, 24

This woman says your thirst trap makes you look shallow.

— Sarah, 24

This woman swipes left because she thinks you're only looking for something casual.

— Emma, 24

This woman doesn't mind gym photos.

— Kayla, 24

Tbh, this woman doesn't care.

— Theresa, 24

This woman is not here for your thirsty pics.

— Laura, 24

Guys, don't lose hope. This woman loves them.

— Meg, 18

No two people are alike. For every girl who cringes at a photo of your bulging biceps, there's another person at there who's checking you out. Just know that your thirst traps don't give off the most serious vibes.

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