How far we really are from mass adoption?

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Today it happened to be my name day and it's a custom to spend that particular day of the year with family and the closest friends. To be honest with you all, it's been a while since the last time there were so many beloved ones gathered together and I really needed this break.

The food was perfect, there was a big variety of drinks (that was the most important thing after all) and everyone seemed to be having fun. I was having fun, and nobody seemed to be bored or anything of the sort, so I guess that makes me a good host (?) Probably...

But in the back of my mind I had a plan. And that was to somehow drive the conversation to crypto. It seemed as a great opportunity to not give it a shot. People between mid 30's - mid 40's is an excellent target group after all. Add to that the fact that they were all relaxed and there you have it. The perfect circumstances!

So how should I begin...dammit?

And before I knew it, my cousin made it way easier for me.
-Did anyone see what the president of China say about crypto-currencies?

I was like...WTFFFFFFFFF?
-"What do you even know about crypto?"

-Oh, not much at all, I know what BTC is.

-"So? Tell me what it is then."

He knew nothing actually, just a that a colleague of his was holding 2 BTC's and pretty much....this.


After I openly stated t everyone present that I am involved in crypto, and given the chance my cousin provided, I tried to explain to them what BTC is. What is an early adopter...how can someone buy it...how can someone mine it...why is it valuable...where can someone store it...what is a blockchain...

And after every explanation I was giving there were incoming fire...of questions. And their concerns sounded so silly to me, but that's only because I happen to be involved in several projects, that I just couldn't find the proper words to use...

It became even worse when I started talking about Steem...

Never use phrases such as the following if you are about to persuade someone to be part of Steem:

  • Posting key, active key, master key...all in one sentence.
  • Explain how a blockchain actually works.
  • Explain in one sentence how can someone convert FIAT money to Steem and the number of the exchanges someone needs to be registered and verified at in order to do that.

They had so many questions and they just couldn't deal with the fact that the value of what I am trying to convince them to invest in, because it's the future won't be "palpable" just like a 20$ or a 50$ shitty piece of paper, but digital. My answers to all of their questions sounded as if I was speaking another language...and those very looks they were giving me...They made me feels like I was ET or something.

Note that I am describing a situation where each and every one of the participants in that discussion was well educated. I would expect these reactions if I tried to explain blockchain to my grandmother, but to my disappointment, even young people are far off of what is our daily routine.

So, to answer the question in the title, I think we have a really long way to go before the whole crypto thing goes mainstream. And in order for this to happen, we should simplify everything...

The access, the wallets, the registration process...not to mention that there should be an educational video on the home page of each project explaining every little thing till the last detail...

Well, that's how things are in this part of the world were I live.

And you? How do you even convince people to get involved in crypto? In Steem?

Let me know in the comment section below.

Have a good one people.

Cheers.

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The problem is that most crypto is not user friendly at all. It is too complicated to explain and to use.

That’s what I am talking about...we should simplify everything not only on Steem, but everywhere

I explain BITCOIN first, once assimilated and expectatives created then I explain what is STEEM.
The key is to explain the miracle of the decentralized ledger, no banks, miners writing cryptographic transactions. Once they understand the concept then you have to explain why it all has a value, and then you start to explain why gold has a value and asking what is value for them...
It is like re-education, that's the main hurdle...

Sound good...then why don't we have already millions of users.

Hey, maybe you should right a full post about it so that I can get some ideas.

we have a bottle neck, account creaion. we can eitehr use second layer scaling like https://liquidapps.io or TURN DOWN the amount of free tx you normally get,a nd turn UP amount of acounts u can create with 1 steem to liek 10 lol

OR we have LITE accounts

theres many solutions one will triumph and we will EVENTUALLY have a TELOS style Millionaccount POOL

Also STEEMP is on EOS

so when eos scales we can scale with it

i am also about to make a steemp on TELOS with telos-ex on steem-engine so then we can do a free telos account telos side chain sisster chain hybrid solution using 10% of a 1billion token chain for accounts so 100 million free accounts would be good start, now you will need to pay for ur own RAM to transact, so yeah that will be fun, no more RC mana, but RC mana is interesting theers lots of thinsg we can do....

Tough question, I begin with the Facebook comparison and from there I compare staking coins to dividend stocks, but as appreciating assets, not depreciating fiat. From their I answer questions to gill in the blanks, otherwise the introduction is just to long for most people’s attention spans. LOL

Hm...interesting...

Bro all we need is one or two good mobile apps and for @steemit to actually give up 10 million steem to create afew million free instant accounts, and we will be golden, we can eventually have second layer scaling, everyone get s FREE multi sig shared guest account that shows up with YOUR UNIQUE screen name ON the front end of steemit.com ro @steempeak BUt if you wanna EXPORT YOUR KEY you pay the $1 or whatever :) Just like WOMBAt for eos

To give up 10 mil?? Hahaha
Would you?

We keep talking about that killer app but it might take 10 years to come up with the idea....

Happy name day :)

Thank you!

Lmao....this was funny, i can totally relate,...I used to think I came late to the party, till I started bringing up crypto talk amidst other people around me....

Alas I've found my E.T brother lool

Ha!

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