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Concerned About Deep Hairline Cracks

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I'm new to this forum and am not technically minded at all when it comes to DIY etc, so please excuse me if I sound like a complete fool by asking this question..! :( I've tried using the search function, but couldn't find an answer that way.

I live on the fifth floor of an apartment building and it's recently come to my attention that there are quite a few long, and seemingly deep, hairline cracks on the ceiling of my apartment. Some are two or three feet long and I'm able to slide a straigntened paper-clip the entire way in - so they're at least a few inches deep and possibly a lot deeper. Some are found above doorways, others emerge from the corners of what I can only assume are support columns?

I will mention it to the management of the building, but I'm not at all concerned about the asthetic side, more the safety of the building. Should a building only about 5 years old have such things? They're not only in my apartment, but in the public areas like the lobbies too.

Any input greatfully received!!!
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If a wood-frame building, they sound like normal settling cracks. During the season changes the wood settles, causing small cracks in the texture at the wallboard joints and in the paint. If they installed the wallboard with a joint directly above the window or door jamb improperly, a crack will show there. If the cracks are in a straight line, it's a joint. If crooked, and not plaster walls, I would be concerned. Be safe, GBAR
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