Woman's 'thirst trap' photo is going viral for a totally different reason than her good looks
The Thirst Trap. The trap of thirst. You know what I'm on about, don't you? No? Well, I don't either, but it's a thing... apparently. According to the ever-reliable source of Urban Dictionary, a Thirst Trap is defined as the following: "A sexy photograph or flirty message posted on social media for the intent of causing others to publicly profess their attraction. This is done not to actually respond or satisfy any of this attraction, but to feed the poster's ego or need for attention, at the expense of the time, reputation and sexual frustration of those who view the image or reply."
So, to put that into layman's terms: a Thirst Trap is a picture of you looking great. A photo of you "feelin' yourself". An image that has one core value at its very heart: self-approval. Now we know what the term means, it's easy to see where it applies to everyday life. Kim Kardashian's entire existence is essentially one big thirst trap. Everything she does is geared up for attraction and attention and she rarely replies to those who adore her. Kim Kardashian is the Thirst Kween, reigning over us all and satisfying our malnourished and dry mouths whenever she feels like it. That is what she is.
One quick scroll on Instagram and you'll see thirst traps everywhere. In fact, if you enter the hashtag #Thirst on Instagram, a host of different suggestions come up. Some, admittedly, may be people who are genuinely thirsty and just want the internet to know about it, but other suggestions are pretty clear in what the images will revolve around.
Obviously, the end goal of all thirst traps is for the image to be popular - what else are you doing it for? Online, the amount of likes validates how attractive you are, so your thirst traps need to be pulling in likes by the hundreds in order for you to be validated.
Thankfully, for one woman who posted an exquisite example of a thirst trap, this is exactly what happened.
Taking to her Twitter account, user @kurlykyy posted a phone of herself looking pretty fine while holding a blooming rose and captioned it with the word "flourishing." The post proved popular, with her raking in 3,000 retweets and 20,000 likes. However, unfortunately for her, her thunder was swiftly stolen by an absolutely outrageous reply.
Somehow, and I'm still trying to figure this out, a man spotted this:
Yep, that's gas being sold for $2.21 a gallon - an unbelievable price if I ever did see one.
What followed was a raging war about the amount that gas cost under the Obama reign when compared with Trump.
Sadly, I don't think this was the debate @kurlykyy intended to start online when she posted her thirst trap.
If there's anything to take from this, it's to check your background before you take a thirst trap photo. Also, where can you get gas that cheap?