Here Are 3 Emerging Digital Trends to Be Aware of in 2021
By its very nature, the internet is constantly evolving, and with it emerge a new range of digital trends.
18:02 15 July 2021
Many of these trends just reflect what is in fashion at a particular moment in time, but others tend to stick around. Certain digital trends - indecipherable from the others at first glance - end up redefining the way we interact with the digital world and change the face of society forever.
These trends usually change quickly, so it is crucial to become aware of what is happening right now in the digital world and what is likely to take the world by storm in the future.
This knowledge will help you understand popular culture, how society is changing, and how you can make the most of the latest digital trends.
Here are three emerging digital trends to be aware of in 2021:
Online casinos are becoming increasingly advanced
Online casinos have risen in popularity in recent years, as games have become more diverse and advanced. There are now lots of different types of casino games on offer, including the live casino option, which gives you the chance to play with a real (rather than a virtual) dealer.
These live casino dealers are available around the clock and offer a more authentic experience than other online casino games. This advance in the realism of online casino games falls into a wider trend of gaming, which has seen a huge surge in popularity over recent years.
For example, eSports are now attracting global audiences and even partnering with ‘real world’ sports, as the industry attracts some of the best computational brains on the planet to develop the games of the future.
NFTs are transforming the world of art
One of the most widely talked about digital trends over the past twelve months is the rise of NFTs (or non-fungible tokens for short). These tokens have fascinated and confused onlookers in equal measure, as the wider economy attempts to work out whether NFTs are a passing fad, a bubble waiting to burst, or a revolutionary step in the history of art.
It is too early to comment on any of these theories, but it is true that NFTs have the potential to change how society buys, sells, and owns art of all kinds.
An NFT essentially allows the artist to control how many digital copies of a piece of art there will ever be made (therefore determining the value of the art piece). This art could be anything from a song to a painting or pair of trousers for a gaming character. The choices are endless.
The wider significance of NFTs is that they democratize art. On the one hand, artists can take back direct control over their art from managers, agents, galleries, and record companies, meaning they get more of the proceeds.
On the other hand, NFTs create the possibility of fractionalized art. For example, if the owner of a Da Vinci painting decided to fractionalize it into NFTs, it would be possible to own a fraction of the painting, much in the same way as an equity. This would transform art, investing, and the wider economy as a whole, but the technology is still in its infancy.
Cryptocurrencies are starting to become mainstream
On a related note to NFTs, another huge digital trend that is emerging is cryptocurrency. It is fair to say that most people have heard of Bitcoin, but there are hundreds of other digital currencies out there, all serving different purposes.
A common misconception about crypto is that these currencies are all competing to beat Bitcoin and become a global currency. This isn’t true. In fact, these currencies serve a variety of different purposes, mostly being used within decentralized systems as a means of exchange.
Like NFTs, the long-term significance of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is difficult to ascertain currently, but it is certainly a trend that is here to stay.