The Biggest Bitcoin Myths, Debunked

Ever since 2009 when Satoshi Nakamoto unleashed Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” his whitepaper that introduced the world to Bitcoin (BTC), it has revolutionised how people perceive money and currency; decentralised, secure, and anonymous.

“It’s a Ponzi scheme.” “It’s the currency of drug dealers and the dark web.” “It costs more to make than it’s worth.” “It’ll never go mainstream.” “It lacks stability and is subject to fluctuation.” These are just a few of the myths people tend to have about Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies—and there’s some truth behind these statements.

Myth 1# Bitcoin Gains Aren’t Taxed

This is only partially correct. It depends on how you use your Bitcoins. Generally, if you use your Bitcoins for purchases or sales of goods or services, then any capital gains or losses are taxable events that must be reported on your tax return.

This is done regardless of whether you received cash or other property in exchange for your Bitcoins. If you simply hold onto Bitcoins hoping they will appreciate over time, then any capital gains are not taxed until you sell or exchange them for other property.

Myth 2# Bitcoin Is a Bubble

While it’s true that some people buy Bitcoin as an investor looking for a big payout, the digital currency itself is not a bubble. Bubbles are economic cycles characterised by a rapid fall in the market.

The dot-com bubble was driven by the rapid rise of companies like Amazon and Google, which were still in their early stages when they went public. By contrast, cryptocurrencies are still relatively new, with many projects not yet ready for mass adoption or even having any real-world use cases.

Myth 3# Bitcoin Is Too Volatile to Be Useful as Money

Bitcoin has proven to be extremely stable compared to traditional currencies over time. But still, it greatly fluctuates in value relative to the dollar or other fiat currencies like the euro or Japanese yen.

This volatility makes it difficult for companies to accept Bitcoin as payment without losing money on every transaction. As more merchants begin accepting Bitcoin, its volatility will decrease significantly making it more attractive as an alternative currency option.

Myth 4# Bitcoin Has No Real-World Uses

Critics like to claim that Bitcoin isn’t useful in the real world and is only used by criminals. This is false. While it is true that Bitcoin can be used for illegal purchases, that’s not its primary use case.

Bitcoin is a digital currency that can be exchanged for goods and services just like any other currency. Many people are using Bitcoin to pay for everyday things like coffee or pizza at restaurants and grocery stores around the world. Even more, Airbnb allows hosts to accept payment in Bitcoins; Dish Network accepts BTC for services like satellite TV equipment installation, and even the U.S. Federal Election Commission allows political donations in BTC.

Myth 5# Bitcoin Transactions Are Anonymous

Some critics claim that Bitcoin transactions are anonymous because they don’t require any personal information from users during purchase (like credit cards do). However, this is not entirely true.

When you send someone money through a cryptocurrency exchange or wallet service provider like Coinbase, they will know your public key address (a string of random numbers and letters) as well as the amount of BTC you sent.

Myth 6# Bitcoin is Bad for the Environment

Bitcoin mining is an energy-intensive process. But determining the environmental impact is hard. For another thing, we don’t know how much energy would be used if Bitcoin didn’t exist — or if it did exist but wasn’t mined using computers.

Finally, it’s important to remember that Bitcoin mining is only one part of a larger ecosystem that includes exchanges, payment processors and users like you and me. Some people argue that these other parts are more important than mining in terms of the overall impact on global warming because they’re larger than mining operations.

Parting Shot

Despite Bitcoin being a legal currency for exchange, many countries are hesitant to accept online currency. This hesitation is the cause of many rumours regarding Bitcoin’s legality. The use of Bitcoins in online transactions is already taking off and will continue to do so as its popularity increases, thus rendering these myths false. It’s difficult to imagine that any country would be able to stop their use.

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Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.