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.
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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