Good news for Instagram addicts. Your friends can now see how much time you spend on Instagram.
Instagram announced Thursday the rollout of a new feature that will let your followers see when you are using the app. The concept is similar to Facebook Messenger: when someone you follow or have previously messaged with, is “active” in the app, Instagram will show a small green bubble next to their name to let you know that they’re online.
Instagram explained that the goal of the feature is to make it easier for users to chat within the app.
“This update gives you the ability to have more of those real-time conversations while giving you the control to hide your status altogether,” the company said.
But while it makes chatting a little more immediate, it may also push users to spend even more time in the app. Instagram users already swap a ton of messages, and adding these status indicators will likely only encourage more messaging.
If you want to avoid friends while online or you do not like the feature at all, you can opt to turn the feature off entirely. Just go to “activity status” in the app’s main settings to disable activity status. If you choose this, you will not be able to see friends who online.