Thirst Trap slang term / thirst traps.

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Thirst Trap is a slang term used for a picture or text that is designed to elicit a feeling of thirst in others on various social media platforms. Thirst traps can be considered similar to fishing for compliments, but from the opposite side of the spectrum. The term originated in the early 2010s, continuing to grow in usage into the early 2020s. It's primarily associated with platforms such as TikTok and Instagram, though the term is widely used around the internet.


The exact first use of the term online is unknown, but it appears to have originated around 2011. On October 11th, 2011, Urban Dictionary user MisterGQ[1] uploaded a definition for "Thirst Trap" to the site, calling it a statement or picture that is intentionally made to create thirst, receiving over 4,300 likes in 11 years (shown below).

Thirst Trap Any statement or picture used to intentionally create attention or "thirst" Woman on Twitter: Who wants to come over and put me to sleep? (Thirst Trap) Men on Twitter: Oh? Check Ur DMs by Mister GQ October 11, 2011 4308 885 FLAG


The term increasingly gained steam with more usage year after year online, with a notable spike occurring circa 2015 around the advent of online dating via apps like Tinder. This led to the term gaining mainstream virality that year, highlighted by an article in The Cut[2] by Allison P. Davis in which Facebook and Instagram photos of Kim Kardashian were examined closely and various different methods of thirst trapping were explored (shown below).

kimkardashian 8 months ago Last day to get my tan in... 6 ali.mushtak.98, septiana_feni marwen.mrabet7 and 809k others like this. tanishakriplani Nice beach na @bhavikamittal cecehealthcoconut Right now please!!! axtinaa_p @mexi50_pino50 xtinaa_p @cecehealthcoconut no > #latinaonly _a13xa_ @tbhjudy Follow mbraxton @tyminshew 51 I'm done crice0123 @samantha.ashlee us in 2 days khalib_garrett @kat_camak swaggyjohn_0 stap_tap35 I ruined her tan day cause I made her all white again Leave a comment... ...

Thirst trap then became a commonly used slang word heading into the late 2010s and early 2020s whenever someone would post a picture or make a comment with the explicit intent of making someone horny. This trend would continue to the point where "#ThirstTrapThursday"[3] started to become a trending hashtag in the later parts of 2022, in which various accounts post thirst trap content in an attempt to promote their OnlyFans or other adult content for sale (example shown below).

Jeeves @JayReeves87 - Nov 3 Gets home after gym and a topless few hours before work! Not quite a Thirst trap Thursday but meh 11 12 15 520 ⠀

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dailymarvelheroes get you a man who can do both nitramaraho one of my patients came in for an emergency visit, because she snapped the wire on her retainer watching the movie when MBJ took his shirt off she clenched her teeth so f king hard she snapped it. that is the f king funniest si t ever to me this tiny 17 year old girl thirsting so goddamn hard she busted steel @ms5unshine Martha Stewart is an internet thirst trap now. Subscribe to her onlyfans. 5:53 AM · Jul 22, 2020 · Twitter for Android > When you ask your friend why he bought belle delphine's bath water 3 st ... gh @GabbieHanna good morning! daily reminder that i could f--- both your parents and the one person on earth that you love but choose not to. i love u all have an amazing day! steving Ioré ITCH HATEL

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External References

[1] Urban Dictionary – Origin

[2] The Cut – Styles

[3] Twitter – Bear Trap

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