We've all really gotten into Instagram Stories (aka Snapchat for Insta), haven't we? Just a tap of the app's top bar opens up a whole new world of stalking people we sort of know. However, you might want to think twice before you use it to check up on your ex, your ex's new girlfriend, or pretty much anyone— Refinery29 has spotted a pretty surprising feature.
You see, Instagram Stories actually lets users know you've taken a look at their pics and clips, which is fine if it's your BFF, but not so great when you're playing nonchalant with an ex. The plus side of this is that you, too, can see who's looking at the many pictures you share of your food/your dog/your on-point push-ups. To view them, simply go onto your Story and swipe up.
There you'll see the number of people who have viewed your Story, as well as each individual person listed—a little like they show you who's watching you on Snapchat. But, unlike Snapchat, Instagram allows you to click through to the profiles of users you aren't following and watch their Stories. They will then be notified that you've watched it.
So, yes. Stories is slightly terrifying in the sense that it flags up your stalking sessions, but it works both ways and you also get to see who's keeping an eye on you. Otherwise, just stick to the original Instagram feed, which doesn't let people know you've been checking them out. Unless you accidentally hit "like" on that ancient selfie, that is.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.