Bitcoin transaction fees on Median drop 78% after halving

  • Ali Raza
  • 3rd June, 10:51
Bitcoin transaction fees on Median drop 78% after halving
  • Bitcoin transaction fees dropped 78% over the few weeks following the coin's halving.
  • Apart from the drop in fees, BTC also saw a drop in transactions, as well as Twitter mentions.Prior to this, t
  • Prior to this, the transaction fees skyrocketed by 3,490% in a single month leading up to the halving.

Crypto transaction fees are known for being significantly lower than fees charged by any bank or financial institution. However, with that said, average fees are also significantly higher when it comes to Bitcoin than most other projects.

This is why recent reports of Bitcoin transaction fees drop came as quite significant news, especially since the cost of transactions sank by 78%.

Bitcoin transaction fee sinks alongside workload

The drop came in under two weeks, right after Bitcoin’s third halving, which took place on May 11th this year. From what is known, the drop came after the network finally got unclogged. After weeks of work, transactions that were overcrowding it were finally processed.

The Bitcoin mempool managed to clear out more than 94MB in pending transactions. However, the number of transactions is not the only thing that decreased over the last few weeks. The same can be said about Bitcoin mentions on social media. For example, BTC mentions on Twitter dropped by 65%.

As mentioned, the median transaction fees for BTC fell by 78%, and according to statistics, this took place in 11 days, between May 20th and May 31st. The cost per transaction went from $3.95 to $0.84, as shown by Bitinfocharts.

Correlation between fees, mentions, and transactions

Usually, the transaction fees grow whenever the network starts seeing more usage. Users have to increase the amount they pay in order to have their transactions processed more quickly. This competitiveness raises the cost of an average fee, and it can be used as a measure of transactions that await confirmation.

Before the halving, the mempool became backlogged with around 60MB worth of transactions that were awaiting confirmation, After the event, however, the number of transactions grew, eventually leading to 94MB worth of transactions. By May 31st, however, the backlog subsided rather suddenly, dropping by 99% and hitting 250KB.

This movement mirrors the drop in fees, which went down by 78%, as reported, as well as the drop in Twitter mentions, which went from 82,838 to 28.806. Similar correlation between Twitter and the crypto world was noticed many times before, including recently, when Twitter mentions reflected the market cap.

By Ali Raza
A journalist, with experience in web journalism and marketing. Ali holds a master's degree in finance and enjoys writing about cryptocurrencies and fintech. Ali’s work has been published on a number of cryptocurrency publications. Raza is the co-founder of 5Gist.com, too, a site dedicated to educating people on 5G technology.
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