Thu. Sep 29th, 2022

Since the beginning of this year, there has been a sharp decline in the global search interest for non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Whereas the metric peaked at 100 between 23rd and 29th January, it stood at 15 between 7th and 13th August, an 85% drop. This is according to a Bankless Times analysis of Google Trends data.

  • The search interest for Non-fungible tokens has plunged 85% since January 2022.
  • That said, the term still attracts a lot of interest within the Asian region.
  • China and Hong Kong top the world in terms of NFT search interest.

Despite this decline, interest in NFTs remains high in Asia. The continent boasts 7 out of the top 10 countries with the highest NFT search interest. So What’s behind this high level of interest in the region?

To do this, the site looked at a scoring from 0-100 based which outlined how this interest increased and decreased overtime – with 0 being no interest, and 100 being of the highest interest.

Which Nations Had the Highest NFT Search Interest?

China and Hong Kong lead the queue with search values of 100. The former has maintained a high level of interest in NFTs since December 2021. Its search value has stayed at around 100 throughout that period.

On the other hand, Hong Kong has seen a more significant increase in the metric. In December 2021, its search value was 60; as of August 13th, it stood at 100. That represented a 66.67% increase in the topic’s hold over that period.

Another Asian Country with significant growth in its NFT search interest is Taiwan. The country saw its NFT search interest value jump 107% from 26 to 54. Singapore, Macau, Mongolia, and South Korea complete the Asian septet in the top ten.

Gibraltar, Nigeria, and the Cayman Islands were the only non-Asian countries to make it to the top ten list.

Interest in NFTs by Country - Dec 2021 - August 2022 (Top 20 Countries)
Interest in NFTs by Country – Dec 2021 – August 2022 (Top 20 Countries)

NFT Search Interest Dipped 18% in The US

The US, Canada, and Venezuela have experienced some of the biggest drops in NFT search interest values. To better understand what’s driving these changes, let’s take a closer look at each country individually.

The US placed 38th with an NFT search interest index of 36. This was an 18% drop from the 44 it registered in December 2021. There seems to be a correlation between a rise in America’s search interest in the topic and the announcement of high-profile NFT projects.
NFTs are No-longer a Novel Idea

The motivation behind that interest has always been the expected returns. But the high returns that characterized the asset class initially have dwindled as their novelty has waned. That has led to a market correction and, in turn, falling search interest.

Like its neighbour to the south, Canada saw a significant decline in its NFT search interest index throughout 2022. In December, it registered a score of 36, but by August 2022, it had fallen to 30. As in the American case, this decline is due to a scarcity of pronounced NFT offers.

Venezuela’s 33% Dip

Whereas Venezuela recorded a search interest of 60 in December 2021, it could only manage 40 by August 2022 – a fall of 33%. This drop appears to be largely due to political and economic instability there. As conditions worsen, people are less likely to invest in digital assets such as NFTs.

On the other hand, Nigeria experienced one of the largest gains in NFT search interest values over 2021. Whereas the nation’s score stood at 27 in December 2020, it had risen to 68 by August 2022 – a 151% increase! This gain is likely due to increasing awareness of NFTs among Nigerian investors and consumers.

By BNA

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