NFTs – What Are They?

The sale of NFTs, otherwise known as non-fungible tokens, has rapidly increased over the last few years. The 25 billion dollar increase from 2020 to 2021 is the exclusivity of NFTs. Essentially, NFTs are an alternative crypto investment more commonly used for the buyer's amusement. NFTs can be related to music, sports, entertainment, etc.


The people who buy NFTs are usually experienced investors. Experts advise newer investors to either not jump into NFTs immediately or only put the amount of money they are willing to lose. NFTs are riskier than any other investment, so never seeing the money that one puts into an NFT is something that the buyer must anticipate beforehand.


People who sell NFTs do so because it is a window for new opportunities, even more so for new entrepreneurs. When selling their product as an NFT, they receive more profit because instead of the proprietorship going to the platform used to sell it, it is embedded within the product. This allows for more money to go to the seller because even when the new owner of the NFT sells it, they will receive money as it is already addressed to them in the code for the NFT.


NFTs provide a sense of individuality because “non-fungible” means they cannot be replicated. So, if someone buys, for example, a tweet, they are the only one to own that tweet, regardless of how many screenshots are taken of it. The technology behind NFTs is really what makes them valuable. They are smart contracts on blockchain technology, and these smart contracts allow the NFT to be sold. What is so special about blockchain technology is how it records information because it is practically impossible to interfere with the system, adding to the exclusiveness of the NFT.


NFTs are especially popular in the art world. Both artwork and NFTs have something in common since both NFTs and paintings are only as valuable as someone is willing to pay for one. For this reason, artists are beginning to join NFT marketplaces, which is almost another form of eBay. The main goal for the artist is to auction their art and sell the NFT to the highest bidder.


Although NFTs benefit thousands of people, they harm just as many, if not more. Ethereum, one of the most prominent blockchains, contributes to tons of carbon dioxide emissions, killing the environment. Since there is no bank to handle transactions with Ethereum and Bitcoin, the process becomes extremely inefficient as an abundance of electricity is used, matching the amount that Libya uses.


Social Media Snippet: Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are becoming increasingly popular in the world of cryptocurrency. They typically represent items featured in music, entertainment, and art. NFTs can only be owned by one person, which increases their credibility, as they cannot be replicated. These tokens are bought, sold, and traded, just like any other form of cryptocurrency, but the main difference is that the value of an NFT can always change. In other words, they are only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for them, making the tokens more exclusive to buyers and owners.