Cryptocurrency Ownership By CountryAmong internet users, South Africa leads the world with a staggering 10.7 percent of its online population owning some form of cryptocurrency. To put that in perspective, this is a country with one of the worst cases of income inequality in the world. Could there perhaps be a connection? Trailing South Africa are a few Asian countries, including Thailand (9.9 percent), Indonesia (9.5 percent), and Vietnam (9.3 percent). It is interesting how cryptocurrency ownership among online users tends to concentrate in developing nations. For example, Japan is well behind the leading nations with just 4.3 percent. The USA is slightly better with cryptocurrency ownership of 5.3 percent but still sits below the global average. Overall, the study found that the average rate of ownership among online users is around 5.5 percent.
Ownership and UsershipAlthough these numbers demonstrate that sizeable portions of the online world population own cryptocurrencies, it also indicates that their use-case is very limited for the time being. If use-cases were realized, perhaps cryptocurrencies would be more embedded in the existing digital infrastructure of developed nations; instead, we see the exact opposite. It is therefore quite surprising that the leading nations in cryptocurrency ownership are not the most technologically developed. Instead, it is the ones with the highest level of income inequality which tend to have higher rates of cryptocurrency ownership. What this could also tell us is that the cryptocurrency market has made investors out of a whole new group of people. In turn, many see it as a possible hedge against growing inequality within their national economies which provides most people with little class mobility. What do you think of these ownership findings? Do they surprise you? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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