When and why do non-photo people consider shallow DoF photos, "better" photos??

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When and why do non-photo people consider shallow DoF photos, "better" photos??
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Today, anyone who picks up a FF camera, set to auto, with a 50 1.8 lens, is basically capable of taking a photo that would likely be regarded as "amazing" on social media, all just by the pressing the shutter button, evening disregarding framing.

At what point in time, and why do "laypeople" (for lack of sounding like a snob here, but those with little to no technical camera knowledge) associate any photo (particularly portraits) with a shallow DoF with being of "professional" or at least, "high quality"?

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