Cryptocurrency markets have been crashing over the last few days, with bitcoin dropping from a $57,000 high to $32,000 before it started recovering. The drop has seen search interest for cryptoassets reach a new all-time high on the world’s largest search engine.
Data shared by Google itself revealed that throughout the world, search interest for the term “cryptocurrency” hit a new all-time high, far above the search interest seen back in 2017. Other searches included “what happened to cryptocurrency today,” and “should I sell my crypto.”
According to CryptoCompare data, the price of bitcoin and most other top cryptocurrencies plunged last week shortly after Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed in an announcement that the electric car maker would no longer accept bitcoin payments over environmental concerns.
Shortly after the price started dropping Musk clashed with the cryptocurrency community on social media, as various crypto advocates accused the CEO of spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt related to the cryptocurrency’s environmental impact. In response, Musk implied at one point Tesla could sell all of its bitcoin holdings, estimated to be of around 43,000 BTC.
Musk’s clash with the cryptocurrency community over BTC’s carbon footprint led to other breakout searches related to the “most energy efficient cryptocurrency” and for “environmentally friendly cryptocurrencies.”
Searches for “how does bitcoin use energy” also surged. While most of the search data Google shared came from the U.S., other countries likely had similar searches in their own languages. After Musk’s announcement, more environmentally friendly cryptoassets using Proof-of-Stake (PoS) consensus mechanisms started surging.
Despite the cryptocurrency price crash, markets have started rebounding earlier today, with bitcoin’s price moving up 12.2% in the last 24-hour period. Ethereum’s ether has moved up nearly 7% while Cardano’s ADA is up almost 17%.
Binance Coin, Litecoin, Polkadot, Bitcoin Cash, and other cryptoassets are also steadily moving up. «Several cryptocurrency influencers and celebrities have claimed they bought the dip. Professional football players Tom Brady, who earlier this month added the bitcoin laser eyes to his profile, revealed on social media he bought the dip.
As reported, during the recent crash blockchain data shows long-term holders kept on buying the dip while new investors sold at a less. Most institutions, according to Chainalysis, did not appear to be “significant sellers,” although they may from now on be “more cautious as buyers.”
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