After a big year for cryptocurrencies, what’s on the horizon in 2022?

The year 2021 was marked by several major breakthroughs for cryptocurrencies.

For one, new crypto applications like non-fungible tokens (NFTs) gained ground, with sales of these digital assets setting new records at major auction houses. Secondly, Bitcoin made strides towards mainstream acceptance with major websites like Expedia and Microsoft accepting the coin as a means of exchange. Third, in September, El Salvador became the first country in the world to accept bitcoin as legal tender.

There are many more examples of how the market for cryptocurrencies has expanded just in the last year. With this uptick of activity, what’s ahead in 2022 for cryptocurrencies?

We believe there are three main areas where cryptocurrencies will gain steam in the next year: greater acceptance of Bitcoin as a means of payment, increased regulatory scrutiny and a rise in NFT activity.

The embrace of Bitcoin

Understanding what motivates individuals to adopt Bitcoin has been a challenge for researchers. A recent study suggests five main factors contribute to someone’s likelihood of using Bitcoin:

  • Trust in the system
  • Online word of mouth
  • Quality of the web platforms available for transaction
  • Perceived riskiness of the investment
  • Expectations about Bitcoin’s performance

Other studies have added more nuances to this argument by considering gender, age and educational level as equally important factors.

The conditions in the crypto space have made it increasingly likely that Bitcoin will become mainstream in the near future.

source : https://theconversation.com/after-a-big-year-for-cryptocurrencies-whats-on-the-horizon-in-2022-172733

What is cryptocurrency mining?

Cryptocurrencies have risen in popularity over the last few years to become one of the most widely talked about forms of investment and payment methods for online shoppers. The emergence of Bitcoin over the last ten years has attracted a following of technology enthusiasts as well as speculators drawn to its tendency to fluctuate wildly in value. This digital token, however, is just one of many cryptocurrencies out there.

This blockchain-based form of currency has become more and more viable over time, despite its tendency to create unpredictable highs and lows in value, with organisations like PayPal letting users pay for goods using Bitcoin. The value of cryptocurrencies, however, is still a major stumbling block to widespread adoption and use, but this ever-changing reality is favourable for those seeking to use cryptocurrencies as an investment vehicle as well as for cryptocurrency miners.

It’s actually quite difficult to create cryptocurrency relative to how traditional money is printed by a central bank. These legacy currencies, also known as fiat currencies, are managed centrally, with the central bank of any particular country issuing new physical notes and coins to replace older variants in circulation, which are removed from the economy. Cryptocurrency, on the other hand, is generated through a process called ‘mining’.

source : https://www.itpro.co.uk/digital-currency/30249/what-is-cryptocurrency-mining