86% of Americans Have Heard At Least ‘A Little’ About Cryptos, Young Men Use Them Most

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Nine in 10 Americans say they have heard at least a little about cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ether, while 16% of them say they have personally invested or traded cryptos, according to a new survey.

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The Pew Research Center survey also finds that men ages 18 to 29 are particularly likely to say they have used cryptos.

Of the 86% of Americans who replied said they have heard at least a little about cryptos, 24% say they “have heard a lot” about them. On the other hand, 13% say they have heard nothing at all, the survey finds.

To put these figures into perspective, Pew asked questions in 2015 that were focused exclusively on Bitcoin, and at the time, 48% of adults said they had heard of Bitcoin (to any degree), and just 1% said they had ever collected, traded or used it.

In terms of demographics, there are some striking findings in the survey, as 31% of Americans aged 18 to 29 say they have invested in, traded or used a crypto, with men being about twice as likely as women to say they ever used a cryptocurrency, with 22% vs. 10%.

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These differences are especially pronounced when looking at age and gender together, the survey notes. Indeed, 43% of men ages 18 to 29 say they have ever invested in, traded or used a cryptocurrency, compared with 19% of women in the same age range.

Another key finding of the survey is that the share of adults who have heard a lot about cryptos varies by race, ethnicity and household income. For example, 43% of Asian Americans say they have heard a lot about cryptocurrency, compared with 29% of Hispanic adults and about a quarter of Black or white adults. Americans with higher incomes (31%) are more likely than those with middle (25%) and lower incomes (21%) to have heard a lot about cryptocurrency, according to the survey.

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There is still a long way to go in terms of crypto education. As GOBankingRates previously reported, a recent survey of 1,000 people across the U.S., Mexico and Brazil showed that 98% of people don’t understand basic crypto concepts. For instance, 90% didn’t know that the Bitcoin supply is capped at 21 million. Equal numbers didn’t understand stablecoins, either.

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Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.

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