The activity indicator should be optional
The feature indicating when you are currently active/how recently you’ve been active should be optional.
I met with someone off of Grindr, and despite a very positive initial interaction, it became very clear that he was not respecting my boundaries. What followed was harassment, bordering on stalking, and it’s possible he was responsible for breaking two of my car windows and damaging a partner‘s car as recently as last week.
While the majority of the harassment (dozens of phone calls, including removing caller ID after I blocked his number) happened over the phone. But, any time I logged onto the app I would within a few minutes receive a message from him, because he could see that I had come online . After blocking his profile, he has so far created two other profiles to do the same. I am reluctant to get on the app at all out of concern that he is watching to see me sign in, and opting out of the activity indicator would make me feel much safer.