People are people and people need romance, or do they? What is romance in the first place? Romance is what is perceived as romantic, now what is perceived as romantic is an individual observation. The more common expressions are tought by observation: flowers, candles, good food, sweets, presents, a trending new thing, verbal expressions of individual applied praise...
Are those things really romantic? Someone visited often gets flowers, sweets and the regional prefered commonly agreed upon as polite beverage to gift. Politeness or romance, why does it seem romantic in one case and just polite in another? Is it the intention behind the gift? More likely it is the emotion of the receiver which influences the reception and often jumps to conclusions. A dozen polite gifts are recepted as symbols of interest, resulting in people approached, an approaches verified by reason which the approached fail to reject because romance simply never crossed their mind but no reason can be thought up to not satisfy a more basic physical need.
What is romance then? An emotional reaction to own emotions caused by the awareness of certain procedure, patterns of behaviour, commonly agreed upon symbols and metaphors which leads to the conviction that the person, who performs the procedure, behavioural patterns, refers tothe commonly agreed upon symbols and metaphors, is aware of the meaning and does so with the intent the receiver wishes him to have. See where that leads to confusion? Who is aware of what? What commonly agreed upon procedure is who refering to at what time?
All romance leads to love, does it? A common belief or so it seems, but no, it doesn't! Romance leads nowhere, people do. Thoughts lead to patterns of behaviour, which are either based on expectations of society, expectations of people the people involved are attached to, or expectations and beliefs of people themselves. In a haze of either comfort or lust induced happiness, alcohol or drug induced worldviews, or convictions that the personal emotions have to the same as the feelings of the other party involved actions are taken that have more to do with one's own thoughts and fullfilment of wishes than another person.
Has romance anything to do with love at all? Romance has become a tool to spice up a relationship, romantic gestures are thought of as an universal remedy, a cure-all of the perishability of dedictation to a emotion people are fond of and the expression shared which can result in new life, which draws the main focus of dedication to itself by compulsions set to survival. Love is not needed to cause either, it can though, but mostly is it overlooked because romance is much more appealing and adventurous to experience. After all who visits the park when the amusement park is just around the corner?
Is romance a basic to survive? Perhaps it is. It definitely is for all those who can't resist the the social induced dreams or the compulsion induced wish to procreate. For all those who are not ruled by either of those romance is nothing more than a mere possibility, a real choice. No becomes an option that is not frowned upon and not the decision of a frightened, burned or unfeeling heart.
So is romance needed in life is one of those questions that can answered with a no!
No, because it is not a need a human has to see fullfilled to live a life.
No, because it is not an imperative necessity for either happiness or contentment.