Love in the time of crypto: Does owning cryptocurrency make daters more desirable?

The topic of cryptocurrency is one of the most talked about topics in 2022. It shouldn’t surprise, therefore, that cryptocurrency is a topic of great interest in 2022.

A new survey by brokerage firm eToro has found that 33% would rather go out on a date with someone who mentions crypto assets in their online dating profiles. More than 40% and 25% respectively of the 2000 adult residents of the United States aged 18 to 99 were surveyed and indicated their interest in potential dates when crypto was mentioned in a dating profile.

Crypto: What does love have to do with it

Callie Cox from eToro in the U.S., shared with Cointelegraph the findings of eToro’s inaugural “Crypto & Culture” survey. She said that these results show the intersection between money, culture, and identity. “We spoke a lot about identity and how it has a strong position in the crypto community in the survey. Cox stated that the campaign was started to understand how people view big life projects, and find the perfect partner.

Cox shared this information to explain that 33% of respondents were open to dating someone who mentions crypto in their profile. She noted that this shows that people are open to dating someone who mentions crypto in their profile. Cox said that 74% of respondents to the survey indicated that they would be willing to go on a second date if their first date was paid in Bitcoin (BTC). “We wanted to find out how people feel about crypto as a currency. This surprised us, and speaks to identity.

These findings suggest that crypto enthusiasts and holders of publicly-available crypto may be more popular than those who are openly able to access them. However, Cox revealed that the majority of respondents to the survey were Millennials or Gen Z. She said that everyone had to identify themselves and that most respondents were younger. Cox also mentioned that crypto is a popular currency. eToro’s findings showed that Bitcoin payments are more attractive to men than they are to women.

Online dating and the crypto community

Despite the fact that eToro’s survey indicates daters may be more attractive than crypto terminology, some members of the crypto community consider mentioning this trait to be a double-edged blade.

Hailey Lennon (law partner at Anderson Kill, founder of Crypto Connect) shared that although she initially didn’t have Bitcoin in her online dating profile she added it later because the digital asset was a long-standing passion of hers. Although Lennon didn’t notice an increase of responses to her profile after adding Bitcoin, some matches have piqued her curiosity due to commonalities.

There is a commonality among people who are interested in Bitcoin. If I post a picture in a Bitcoin cap, it will attract other people interested in the space. I have joked that when I see someone with the ‘Bitcoin’ tag in their dating profile, I think I have found my soulmate. It does demonstrate that we share a common interest, and that we can communicate and discuss a common passion.

Lennon pointed out, however, that crypto terminology can cause problems in an online dating profile. Sometimes I will change the conversation and tell them that I am an attorney in financial tech, but not mention Bitcoin or cryptocurrency. This is to avoid making the whole conversation about Bitcoin and my job. There are also people who associate cryptocurrency with the false narrative that it is used only for criminal activities. It can be fascinating to try and explain how you are a digital asset lawyer,” Lennon said.

Lennon also noted that while she finds eToro survey results interesting, many people in crypto communities are so focused on digital assets that they don’t want to have romantic conversations that aren’t crypto-focused. Sometimes a date is limited to talking about Bitcoin and how it works. When people learn more about your profession, that can be limiting. This can become tedious and take the fun out of the date.

Multiplied, an owner of a crypto-focused PR company, Ivan Perez told Cointelegraph that he has connected with three women since adding “investing in and working in crypto” as a feature to his online dating profiles. Perez acknowledged that having a common interest can be a plus, but he also shared that every date he had with someone working in crypto felt more like work than pleasure. Perez stated, “All we did together was talk about crypto.”

Perez explained further that having “crypto”, in his online dating profile, has at times attracted unwelcome attention.

“Some girls will love my profile and then say ‘you work as a crypto expert, how cool’. Then when we meet up, we usually spend the first 10-20 minutes talking about crypto and what I do. Some women only focus on the money. “Crypto has become the main topic of conversation on many occasions where I have been on dates.”

Perez said that dating can be difficult when you work in crypto. “Now that NFTs have become more popular, I’ve seen women attending conferences look for crypto-rich people. It is very frustrating as it makes you doubt your abilities. Perez asked Perez if these women are interested in me and the industry that I work in.

A woman might find it difficult to add crypto to her online dating profile. Jessica Salama, community leader at GoodDollar Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on financial education in digital asset, told Cointelegraph that although she believes adding crypto to her profile has made her more attractive, it wasn’t always for the right reasons.

“Yes, I did get more matches but then there were the’mansplainers. Web3 still feels very much like a men’s world and presents many challenges.” It is exhausting to dodge mansplainers at work and on Tinder.

Salama says that “mansplainers” patronize men and assume women don’t know the basics of blockchain technology. The crypto space is still dominated by men and can be frustrating for women. Salama knows that she is part a transformational industry which can be beneficial for finding romance. “I met a wonderful guy at a friend’s dinner. He is a crypto-day trader. He took an genuine interest in my work and shared my passion for Web3. The whole night was spent talking. Since the relationship was slowly ending, I cannot say it was love. (We swore to each other?). Salama explained that Salama gave her the extra push she needed to stand up for what she believes in and do what she loves.

NFTs: Personalized love for the digital age

eToro’s survey found that 8% would be open to receiving a nonfungible token, NFT (nonfungible token) for Valentine’s Day. Cox said that this was not surprising given the popularity of NFT tokens. Cox said that this finding is interesting because it shows that Millennials as well as Gen Z value identity-themed products. “The younger generation is looking for something to live in real life, or in the Metaverse. It shows who they are. NFTs are this.

This year, there are a variety of Valentine’s Day NFTs that focus on identity. MYKA, a jewelry designer, has created a limited edition NFT line that includes digital drawings of three of their most popular jewelry pieces.

Ronnie Elgavish (Vice President of Global Marketing at MYKA) told Cointelegraph that he believes that more couples will gift NFTs on Valentine’s Day because of the Metaverse’s rise and desire to have a digital identity.

Mintmade founder Ivan Sokolov agrees with Elgavish. Mintmade offers NFT templates that can be programmed. Cointelegraph was informed by him that he believes more couples will send tokenized Valentine’s Day greetings this year.

Mintmade, according to Sokolov, allows users mint custom NFTs with their names and those of their partners. These NFTs can be created by the buyer. Sokolov explained that the buyer can simply enter two names on the platform to create the NFT with these names.”

eToro’s Valentine’s Day study revealed that almost 20% of singles would prefer to date someone if they had an NFT profile picture. Cox joked that even if the gift of an NFT does not work out, it can still be used to find a date for March.

Although crypto may seem sexy and attractive, there are still safety concerns.

Despite the fact that online dating profiles may be more appealing due to crypto terminology and features, eToro’s findings show that safety must still be taken into account when mentioning cryptocurrency publicly. As the industry becomes more mainstream, it has become a major concern to keep crypto assets safe.

Chainalysis, a blockchain analysis company, recently reported that the intersection of cryptocurrency and crime has grown to be a $14 billion industry by 2021. Chainalysis’ manager of investigations Justin Maile told Cointelegraph it is best to not reveal that you have crypto, especially if you are investing in it, on your dating profile. This will make yourself vulnerable to being targeted. Maile said that scammers don’t just target dating apps. He said that scammers use many platforms to find victims, including Instagram (Facebook), LinkedIn, Quora and Discord, WeChat, and Meta (Facebook).

Maile also stated that although he believes it is okay to publically mention an interest, further details should not be disclosed. To avoid being a target, it’s best to keep your crypto private.

Cox also noted that eToro’s results show that adding “crypto” as a dating term to a profile can help identify a user, but online daters should be careful about what they reveal. “There are both good and bad actors all around, so people must be cautious about whether or not ‘crypto” is mentioned in their profiles.

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