Walden zone
n. A room or office that contains no electronic technology, particularly devices with Internet connections.
Retiring to the Walden zone for some deep breathing to energise the lungs, quick palming to refresh the eyes and calm meditation to quieten the mind, for a few precious moments in a day will leave you with that feeling of being pampered.
—Dorothy Victor, “Indulging yourself,” Deccan Herald, February 07, 2015
Create a technology “Walden Zone”:
Designate a room at home (or at work) technology-free. Banish all computers and put a basket by the door for phones and other devices.
—Greg McKeown, “Essentialism,” Crown Business, April 15, 2014
Even libraries are having a hard time of it, according to a new piece, circulating online, called An Unplugged Space. Marc Truitt and Amanda Wakaruk, who are librarians at the University of Alberta Libraries in Edmonton, make a call for Walden zones in libraries to temper all the Web noise, phone calls and Skyping.
—Tralee Pearce, “Do you need a 'Walden zone' in your home?,” The Globe and Mail, November 21, 2011
2010 (earliest)
Zoning is way overdue for a comeback, a digital revival, and it’s surprising it hasn’t happened yet. Thoreau could be the model. Our situation is different from his, in that the crowd is no longer just nearby — it’s right in the home, wherever there’s a screen. So our zoning has to be interior. Every home could have at least one Walden Zone, a room where no screens of any kind are allowed.
—William Powers, Hamlet's Blackberry, HarperCollins, June 29, 2010