Is Bitcoin Real Money?

Short Answer: Yes!

Bitcoin is money for the Internet. It is a scarce digital commodity used as money by millions around the world. People buy coffee with Bitcoin at local shops. Others get paid in Bitcoin and use it to shop online. Friends use it to settle with whoever paid for dinner. Workers send Bitcoin back home to help family, regardless of where they live.

Since its start in 2009, Bitcoin has provided an alternative to traditional government-issued money. No single government, corporation, or nation controls Bitcoin. There is no need for a Bitcoin bank. People store Bitcoin in software called a wallet, which is available for almost any device.

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Long Answer: Bitcoin is More than Money

Bitcoin is more than a system to store and transfer value from one person to another. Bitcoin is a protocol, a computer network, and much more. Read the Getting Started guide first, then head over to the FAQ to learn more about Bitcoin.