Is there a difference between how Bitcoin is thought of today, and how you think it should be thought of?
Hi I would like to know more details about your question. Here are a few off the cuff thoughts:
The term "Bitcoin" itself is multi layered. It represents a kind of a money, a store of value and a currency; it also represents a protocol for the transmission of value; it's transactions are written to the Blockchain. We may have to explore how people think of fiat currency vs crypto currency; similarly we may have to explore how people think about tech & protocols for moving fiat currency (think PayPal, Stripe, Apple Pay) vs. tech & protocols for moving Bitcoin (think BitPay, Blockchain.info).
The majority of the world has not even heard of Bitcoin. I imagine it will be a decade before it becomes mainstream.
Also in the Bitcoin ecosystem there are consumers, merchants, developers, miners, investors, economists, regulators, attorneys etc. they all think of it from their particular perspectives.
I hope this provides some clarity. All the best to you.