Is the proxy just for control and restrictions?
People don’t like intermediaries unless they are lawyers representing their interests in court. A long chain of intermediaries would do no good. But this is in the real world. With computers and the Internet, the “the more intermediaries, the better” concept works.
One of the functions of a proxy is to increase access speed and save traffic. The Internet will work faster: the proxy will compress traffic, and when you visit the site, the proxy will save a copy of it in its local storage. Next time the site will load much faster – the server uses information from its storage. This will happen only if there are no changes on the site, so there is no need to fear for the relevance of the information.
Moreover, a proxy server is also used to bypass restrictions on viewing certain content. What if Youtube does not play the video because it is closed to users from your region? Use an open proxy server and the site won’t know which region you are in. A proxy server makes it easy to spoof a user’s IP address to access “forbidden” information. Let’s say you want to use Instagram music, but it turns out that it is not available for the region you are in. Using a proxy, you can simulate your stay in another country or even on another continent, using, for example, a Canadian proxy. There are situations a little more complicated when a certain site is completely blocked in your country, and you can not go to it at all. The proxy will provide access to this resource and all its contents in full.
You can explore the entire palette of proxy servers according to the countries at Fineproxy.org.