Cryptocurrencies have suffered greatly in 2022 from the onslaught of the Federal Reserve hawks and the collapse of cryptocurrency platforms FTX, Terra, Celsius Network, and others.

What are the most searched cryptocurrencies in 2022?
Notably, the market valuation of all cryptocurrencies combined is down 70% year-to-date to nearly $770 billion, signifying huge concessions by traders and investors alike.

Declining demand has also pushed online requests for the keyword “buy cryptocurrency” to their lowest levels since February 2020, according to Google Trends.

Interest in the keyword “buy cryptocurrency” over the past 5 years. Source: Google Trends
However, Accenture’s latest 2022 Global Consumer Payments Report shows that retail interest in cryptocurrencies remains high despite the market crash in 2022. Reasons given by respondents include long-term investments (28%), curiosity (22%), and speculation short-term (21%) and others.

Meanwhile, separate research by personal finance portal DollarGeek delves into the most searched cryptocurrencies in 2022 worldwide, offering a rough view of what retail players might invest heading into 2023.

Top 10 cryptocurrencies based on monthly US and global searches. Source: DollarGeek
Bitcoin is still the most searched on Google by far

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It emerged as the most used cryptocurrency on Google in 2022 in DollarGeek searches, attracting 28.41 million monthly searches worldwide.

Interest remains relatively high as experts rate its quality in comparison to other crypto assets in the industry. For example, venture capital investor Tim Draper believes that weaker currencies will become relics amid the ongoing crypto winter in favor of Bitcoin.

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The price of BTC is down nearly 65% since the start of the year, with some analysts predicting a further drop towards $10,000. But internet searches over the past 12 months revealed that most people searched for buying Bitcoin, not selling it, indicating that most people had never owned Bitcoin.