It seems hard to believe that we are already halfway through 2022. It is a much-reported phenomenon that time has got a little slippery in the last couple of years, but now that things seem to be back to normal, we are all trying to lift our heads up and get out there and enjoy ourselves. However, even though a lot of different areas ground to a halt back in 2020, online trends have continued to put pedal to the metal.
It would be putting it lightly to say that there has been a huge amount of innovation in a relatively short amount of time. People have adapted their behavior to suit this new digital normal. Businesses have invested heavily into the technology that is changing the world around us. It does not seem like very long ago that a lot of people were predicting that things would go back to exactly the way they were before 2020, but the fact is that online trends only ever move forward. Now that you know a bit about this, we will go into further detail. Here are a few of some of the major online trends that we can expect to see in 2022.
AI Tech Keeps Changing The Game
For anyone who grew up in the 90s or earlier, the term artificial intelligence always seemed to imply something that was science fiction, or that would be so expensive that it would always be out of reach. Today, AI tech is used every time we log onto our online banking or order a pizza. Of course, AI goes far beyond corporate chatbots asking us if we need any assistance and that is why we are seeing so much major investment in this technology. AI tech is changing the way that we are advertised to, and how channels suggest content for us. It is at the heart of algorithms that are used by the biggest streaming services, observing our behavior, and telling us where to go next. It is present in social media, as programs curate our feeds for us by suggesting people to follow. The applications of AI tech go far beyond online behavior, but it will be driving forward almost every major change we will see.
Online Gambling Will Keep Getting More Popular
Now, it seems important to note that online gambling is hardly a new phenomenon. Online poker has been around for essentially as long as the internet has, but what is interesting is that it is only getting more mainstream and accessible. One of the main reasons for this seems to be that a lot of people were looking for ways that they could enjoy their favorite activities remotely during the last couple of years. They realized just how easy and cost-effective it was to log onto an online casino to play a few hands of blackjack or to spin the roulette wheel. If you have never played online roulette before, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the amount of choice and information out there. One of the best places to start is by reading a guide to your chosen online game. This casino guide from PlayLive breaks down everything that you need to know about playing roulette online. PlayLive knows that the personal touch is vital, and they have over 1300 different games to choose from.
Cryptocurrency Is Going To Continue To Be A Talking Point
Over the last couple of years, we have seen cryptocurrency go from being a fringe area of interest to something that is dominating mainstream conversation. Now, on the one hand, part of that is due to crypto’s massive volatility. In recent months the value of various cryptocurrency coins, including Bitcoin, has taken a nosedive, prompting a lot of discussion about whether this could be game over for digital currency. What’s more, there has been a lot of discussion about the environmental impact of cryptocurrency and NFTs, which is a real sticking point for the younger generation. However, anyone who has spent any time dealing in crypto will tell you that these kinds of changes in fortune are par for the course. Huge investments are still happening in Africa and around the world. More and more banks, institutions and stores are looking at accepting cryptocurrency payments and transactions if they do not do so already. Major corporations are still investing a huge amount in blockchain technology, which continues to be at the forefront of a lot of the key areas of interest right now including security (more on that in just a moment). The main thing to remember is that cryptocurrency has been through these kinds of bumps in the road before, and it will almost certainly bounce back and continue being part of the conversation for some time yet to come.
Security Is Going To Continue To Be A Concern
One of the major talking points from the last couple of years has been the massive rise in cybercrime numbers. We saw a terrifying wave of incidents that ranged from ransomware attacks on the biggest institutions around to more run of the mill scams preying on the vulnerable. As we head into the second half of 2022, it is clear that this is not an issue that is going to disappear. In fact, fresh warnings have been emerging following the political situation with Russia that there are many countries which will need to refocus their efforts on fighting cybercrime. As a result, we should expect (and we should certainly hope) that we are going to see a lot more money funneled into cybersecurity tech and to recruit the best minds to work in cybersecurity. We should also expect to see companies going to greater lengths to reassure their customers and clients that their information and their finances are safe with them. As for the average consumer, there should be a growing awareness that the burden is also on them to make sure that they are taking the necessary steps to protect themselves.