Standard BTC proponent Lyn Alden took to Twitter to clarify how the Bitcoin (BTC) community will change into extra environment friendly with rising adoption.
Alden shared knowledge sourced from Glassnode to point that BTC mining income grows extra slowly than BTC market cap and transaction quantity.
In 2022, annual BTC mining income stood at $9.51 billion — 1.8% of the typical BTC market cap of $535 billion. Even with mining income reaching $16.8 billion in 2021, it accounted for only one.9% of the $892 billion BTC market cap.
Between 2011 and 2022, mining income steadily decreased in proportion to the BTC market cap, because the above chart signifies.
Miner charges amounted to $141 million in 2022 — 0.026% of the BTC market cap. Though miner charges as a share of BTC market cap fluctuated considerably over the previous 12 years, it has stayed properly under 1%, because the chart signifies.
Equally, mining income and costs accounted for less than 0.064% and 0.0010% of BTC transaction quantity of $14.86 trillion in 2022. Nevertheless, BTC’s financial velocity — or how rapidly BTC is circulating, not accounting for sudden spikes from mixers and alternate shuffling — stood at 7.7 in 2022, in comparison with 5.2 in 2021.
Total, BTC market cap and transaction quantity progress have continued to outpace progress in mining income and costs over the previous 12 years.
For and Towards
Many critics argue that Bitcoin not solely makes use of an excessive amount of power at current however will proceed to take action sooner or later. On the flip facet, critics additionally argue that the community won’t use sufficient power to stay safe, as BTC’s block subsidy strikes in the direction of solely charges.
Nevertheless, critics who doubt BTC safety — because of a scarcity of charges — fail to take SegWit adoption under consideration as a result of they suppose quantity is stagnant, in accordance with Alden.
“Ever because the Segwit mushy fork was launched, at any time when bitcoin charges get excessive, it ends in a brand new spike of Segwit adoption — the community will get extra environment friendly over time.”
Alden mentioned, explaining that if BTC transaction quantity retains rising, it’ll create upward payment strain. When the upward payment strain happens, it’ll incentivize new improvement throughout layers of the Bitcoin stack, just like the Lightning Community, and drive their adoption.