Is your Instagram feed full of abs and cleavage? You must be from Miami.
That, at least, is the takeaway of a new study of provocative online photos titled "Thirst Trap USA."
Commissioned by Four Loko (because of
The phrase "thirst trap" is often assumed to refer exclusively to women. But for Four Loko's purposes, a thirst trap is a photo of anyone revealing skin for the sake of sexiness. It's 2019, OK?
If you live in Miami, that 36:1,000 ratio might actually sound low. But consider that the second-highest-ranking city, Los Angeles, tallied 26 thirst traps per 1,000 photos, nearly a third fewer than the Magic City. Miami truly is a leader in the field of getting nearly naked for the 'gram.
Internationally, only one city bested Miami's proclivity for
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Because you are of course concerned about the science behind a Four Loko study, the company wants you to know these stats are legit: "In order to conduct a fair analysis we had to establish and maintain strict standards in the face of an obviously subjective topic." Researchers defined a "thirst trap" as a photo that goes above and beyond a merely sexy image by showing a "considerable display of skin (revealing abs, belly buttons, butts, and close-ups of legs or breasts)." Thirsty poses were admitted too: "We also counted images where the body is clothed in a normal manner but the subject is clearly flaunting a particular body part (
Photos by professional photographers, ads for adult services, and shots in which subjects were doing some sort of activity, rather than posing exclusively for thirst's sake, were deemed ineligible.
Way to put it all out there, Miami.
You can read the full study at fourloko.com.