An “usie” is a group selfie, where someone takes a picture of themselves with other people in the shot.
I can’t help it. I love usies. Every group selfie I’ve taken this year makes me happy, to the point that I actually made it one of my resolutions.
Despite it’s awful name, there’s a lot to love about an usie.
When someone else takes your picture, you hold your breath and trust the picture comes out okay. And sure, you get to look at it afterwards, but there’s still that holding of the breath and freezing and hoping for something that looks magical, even if you feel utterly frozen and fake in the moment.
An usie is the opposite. In a sense, everyone in the picture is taking the picture. It is paradoxically completely candid AND competely posed. We’re all looking at the camera, adjusting, smiling. Nobody has to tell anyone to move or you’re not in frame, or you can’t be seen behind my fat head. We all shift and smile and laugh; who can help it? When you’re with people you like, seeing them laugh makes you laugh.
Speaking of which, you don’t usually take usies with people you don’t like. Usies are intimate. The physical proximity drives those who are close even closer. You can even guage the intimacy and trust based on the positioning as well: people I’m truly close to are either just in front or behind me. Others get side-by-side treatment.
Most importantly, usies have no third-wheel. No one is getting left out; we can squeeze everyone in. And even if we can’t, we’re going to have fun trying.
Don’t forget to comment! What’s your experience with usies been like?