Membership Chair report
By Joanne Broder Sumerson
Happy Fall! I hope you are doing great in every way. We are very excited about our new name, Society of Media Psychology and Technology. I love our new name because it reflects the interdisciplinary diversity within our talented membership. We are psychologists; the practitioners and scholars who work together to publicize, study, research, educate, and apply media and technology to improve best practices for individuals, groups, and systems.
According to Why the APA Is Losing Members, by one of our Division 46 members, John Grohol (2012), the American Psychological Association as-a-whole has experienced a 7.6% decrease in membership from 2010 to 2011. He speculated the lack of perceived benefits was a prominent reason for the membership decline.
The Division 46 Membership Satisfaction Survey, which was administered in 2010, revealed that our membership wanted more networking opportunities. Thus, the Society of Media Psychology and Technology is working to deliver more networking opportunities to you.
We have a new Facebook group, APA Division 46—Society of Media Psychology and Technology. “Like” us on Facebook, along with the other 150 (and counting) “Friends,” to hear when our members share links to their Psychology Today blogs, publication announcements, and media appearances. It is a great way to connect and network with our members. The new and improved Facebook group is just one step in that direction.
More benefits to follow ... Stay tuned as the Executive Board works even harder to improve Division 46!
Grohol, J. (2012). Why the APA Is Losing Members. Psych Central. Retrieved on Oct. 10, 2012, from http://psychcentral.com/ blog/archives/2012/07/13/why-the-apa-is-losing-members/