Young adults in UAE are most likely to associate crypto with money transfers
September 9th, 2022, Bhawna Singh

Young adults in UAE are most likely to associate crypto with money transfers

Advocates of cryptocurrencies say that it offers low transaction costs, protection from inflation, and a host of other benefits. Headlines, however, have often focused on investment wins (and losses), illegal activities, and other unflattering stories.

New YouGov data from 18 international markets suggests that consumers around the globe are most likely to think about cryptocurrencies as an investment (42%) – perhaps expectedly so, given headlines emphasising how Bitcoin has made some people very rich, and caused others to lose everything.

With two in five citing this kind of speculation, it’s the strongest association people have with cryptocurrency by some distance: the second strongest is “wasting time and losing money” (26%), and joint-third are “making online payments and money transfers” (23%) and “illegal activities” (23%).

Globally, YouGov data shows that consumers in Hong Kong are most apt to think of investment when they think of crypto (59%). Consumers in Mexico are the most likely to think of money transfers and online payments (32%), while Britons are most likely to associate crypto with illegality (36%) – to the point that they’re twice as likely to think of criminal behaviour as they are to think of payments (18%).

In the UAE, residents are equally divided on their views about cryptocurrency. 34% of UAE residents associate it with investing/ speculating to make money. Another 35% think of making online payments and money transfers when they think crypto and an additional 34% associate it with illegal activities.

Among the different age groups, adults between 25 and 34 years are most likely to associate cryptocurrency with money transfers while 55+ adults are least likely to do so.


YouGov RealTime Omnibus provides quick survey results from nationally representative or targeted audiences in multiple markets. The data is based on surveys of adults aged 18 and over in 18 markets with sample sizes. All surveys were conducted online in August 2022. Data from each market uses a nationally representative sample apart from Mexico and India, which use urban representative samples, and Indonesia and Hong Kong, which use online representative samples. Learn more about YouGov RealTime Omnibus. 

**UAE data is based on a sample of 1130 adults respondents.