It’s a tough time to be a cryptocurrency believer, with FTX investors’ money gone missing and Bitcoin in danger of becoming another “remember that?” segment on VH1’s I Love the 2020s. And it’s not just the wealth that’s melting away. Devoting days and nights to a gamified digital economy has also left a mark on some people’s relationships. While they were checking their MetaMask digital wallets, their OpenSea token collections and their Discord chat channels—and then checking them again and again—many cryptocurrency enthusiasts forgot to look at their partner’s texts. Or calls. Or their faces from across the dinner table.
They turned their partners into crypto widows and widowers. And now they have some emotional work to do.