What type of discussions have you been in? Were you able to convince anyone? How? What arguments?
After many discussions with close friends and online strangers I have encountered many reasons people dislike or straight up hate crypto/blockchain in general. This ranges from IT specialists to completely uneducated people.
So why do people dislike crypto? There seem to be a few big categories of reasons. First, there are those that understand the technology but feel that all the problems being solved with crypto have already been solved or there are better alternative solutions. Typical statements are: “Why have a digital currency? I can use my mobile app of my bank for digital payments.” or “We don’t need a digital self sovereign identity as our government provides ID cards with a built in chip that I can use to log into my bank, my government website”, “crypto is not usable enough for the common people”. These people can often be convinced by bringing good examples where blockchain is a better solution. Depending on the ego of the person, they can simply stop discussing once they realize that they might have to reconsider their opinion. I think this group can turn into real advocates of blockchain.
Second, there are people who don’t know crypto on a technical level but get their information from news sites, social media, advertising, etc. They seem to be uncomfortable with the concept of money that is not created by their government. This feeling is fueled by the news on scams, hacks, energy use and other FUD. Typical statements from this group are: “Crypto currencies use a much energy as a small country”, “Bitcoin isn’t backed by anything and can go to zero tomorrow.”, “Why would someone pay millions for a digital picture?”, “These currencies are only used to launder money.”, etc. I find this group difficult to reason with as they throw tons of different arguments at you but don’t stick around long enough to actually go into a detailed discussion on any of them. These people will only change their mind once the media takes a different standpoint.
Third, there are the people who partially understand the blockchain and don’t find it an innovation over what existed decades ago. I get this a lot with IT architects and the like. Statement such as “Blockchain is just a database signed with digital signatures”, “It’s not scalable”, “I can run the same ledger on a high availability cluster on Azure.”, .. This category of people often focus on a small subset of what blockchain is. Yes, it is a chain of signed blocks. But it is much more than that. It is also a consensus algorithm that allows us to collectively agree on the state. It is transparent and auditable by design. The “existing alternatives” these opponents refer to often miss many of the properties that blockchain project have. These people are similar to category 1. The main difference is that once you start a discussion, they fail to understand several important concepts and simply disconnect from the discussion.