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The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.How will the story stack up against the greatest films about business?

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If you see someone frequently checking their phone for an “important work email” then there’s a decent chance that they’re actually glaring at the empty space below their last sent message.But those inscrutable words are pregnant with meaning – plausibly deniable and eternally frustrating, but meaning nonetheless.A text with no kisses is blasé, a full stop at the end of the sentence shows anger and a winky-faced emoticon is a full-blown declaration of carnal desire.Of course, the eventual text usually delivers a typically brief and disappointing reply.For all the excitement that those ellipsis bring, our hopes are dashed by the inevitable “k”, or “thx” that eventually arrives on our phone.That empty space – worse than a spiteful rebuttal – can haunt lovesick texters long after the romantic liaison has ended.

Because unlike a painful conversation, an ignored message provides no answers, leaving texters to wallow in the agony of wondering if they made some faux pas.

The only way to find out is to send another text in reply.

And maybe one day the conversation will move beyond texting…

The stress started several years ago, he says, when Black Berry messaging first introduced the feature.

And the pressure means that many feel they’re no longer able to let their phone run out of battery or leave messages unanswered for an evening.

When Elizabeth Bennet was trying to figure out if she really did fancy Mr Darcy, she had entire letter to analyse – today’s romantics have to make do with barely literate sentences.