Here's my main gripe with this sentiment. Women don't want us to be romantic all the time. In fact, they don't want us to be romantic at all. "You're not being romantic" is code for "YOU'RE NOT PAYING ENOUGH ATTENTION TO ME." (Yes they yell that in their heads, and 200 percent of the readers just posted comments attacking this statement while yelling something similar in their heads.) Observe.
This is how the day usually goes, from what I can observe:
Boy: Hello sweetheart how are you today? What's up? What are you up to tonight?
Girl: HEYYY!! How are youuuuuuu?? Wala nothing much. Was thinking of going to the salon. I don't know, I don't like my hair. I was thinking of doing (this) to it. What do you think?
This is a trap question. First of, you should always agree with what she wants to do to the hair, because its decided anyway. Secondly, and this is important, COMPLIMENT THE CURRENT STATE OF HER HAIR.
Anyway, let's continue. After 45 minutes of her talking about her hair, complaining about her friends/family, and random unintelligible topics that have no doubt been tuned out by my ADHD brain, she asks me what I'm gonna do.
Boy: Oh nothing. Gym for a while, might catch up with my friends, then to the dowaneya.
Girl: (interjecting) Oh yeah, what's today? Saturday? Doesn't BARCELONA play today? (She's trying to act cute, care about stuff you care about, but its again, another trap.)
Boy: Wala mashala 3alaich mtab3aa. Yeah their game is at 10.
Girl: Awww so I'm not gonna talk to you then huh? (Again, trap.)
This is what's going on in my head at this moment. "Well, you can. But I'd rather you not because you know I'm a nervous ninny who is gonna be yelling at the TV unless we have a 3 goal lead at halftime. (This is true. Watching games with me is a trip and a half.)"
What I say: "Don't worry you can always find me."
This is code for, sure, text, BBM, whatever- JUST DON'T CALL. I'm at the dowaneya, A, and B, it's Barca. I've been a fan longer than I've known you, and I don't make a fuss out of you not calling when you're with friends and / or watching a TV show. I understand ME time.
Sure enough, we're texting during the day, BBM, whatever. But still, no call. When does the call come in? If you guessed 10:10, you win a prize. This is where it gets tricky.
Do you pick up, tell her your team is playing and that you'll call her back? You can do that. Do you not pick up and call her back after the game, making sure to text her as to why? You can do that too. However, when you do talk, after the elation/sorrow of a win or loss, you gonna get got, son.
She will unload about how you don't pay her any mind, don't pay any attention to her, and finally, how you're not being romantic.
Well, if you're gonna be like that, how can I be?
Note: This is a hypothetical situation. I don't really know this girl. This is a stereotype.