There is no marked shift in the number of new addresses depositing the required 32 ETH, the minimum amount required to be deposited into the Beacon Chain for holders who wish to operate a validator node, into the official Beacon Chain Deposit Address ahead of the Shanghai Upgrade on Ethereum.
The Shanghai Upgrade is scheduled for March 2023 and this hard fork will allow stakers to unlock ETH locked in the Beacon Chain.
Number of New ETH Depositors Falling
Apart from the spike in new deposits in the second quarter of 2021, the number of new accounts depositing 32 ETH is declining. The figure remains flat throughout the second half of 2021, the better part of 2022, and January 2023.
Data from Cryptoquant shows that