The search term “Bitcoin” has exploded in popularity on Google in the last week, suggesting the unfolding global economic crisis may be spurring on interest in BTC even in the wake of one of the coin’s most devastating sell-offs ever.

Worldwide search volumes for Bitcoin have broken out to hit a seven-month high according to data from Google Trends, having started to rocket on Wednesday, March 11.

Bitcoin search volume“Bitcoin” search volume on Google (Source: IntotheBlock)

At that time Bitcoin was trading just below the $8,000-mark and was yet to plunge into Thursday’s mammoth 39 percent sell-off, the biggest daily loss posted in seven years. The bulk of the damage took place on 100x-leveraged crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX, where an unprecedented $876 million worth of contracts were liquidated in a 24-hour window and the exchange went down for 45 minutes purportedly on account of hardware issues.

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The rout sent the market into a furor from which it is yet to recover. On Saturday the Crypto Fear & Greed Index capitulated to a near-all-time-low of 8, indicating an immense level of fear that has only been surpassed once in the two-year history of the index. At present, the index stands at 12.

Bitcoin fear & greedBitcoin Fear & Greed Index (Source: Alternative.Me)

Bitcoin’s surge on Google comes off as a glimmer of hope for investors waiting for a sign the coin will be one of the winners in the unfolding global recession. This age-old prophecy of BTC as a gold-like safe haven took a hit last week when the original cryptocurrency plunged alongside stocks as traditional havens rallied. Now with the coin at $5,280, 62 percent of investors are holding at a loss, according to data from IntoTheBlock.

Intriguingly, users searching for Bitcoin on Google are also heavily looking at the terms “gold price,” “gold as an investment,” and “share price,” according to Trends. Users in Nigeria, Austria, and Switzerland are currently the most-interested in BTC considering search volumes.

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